Akalei is Hawaiian for "bead reflections" which describes our unique necklace lei, hat bands, bracelets, and key chains handcrafted on Maui. We reinterpret traditional Hawaiian Lei using a vast assortment of glass and natural beads, Japanese silk and natural fibers using a wide array of braiding techniques and inspirations from across the globe.
The transparent Amber colored rose petals provide a monochromatic appeal and it pops with the bright gold metallic end cap. This beautiful hand made style lei was made using hundreds of glass Japanese seed beads on multiple cords that are woven together on a wooden marudai stand and finished with a gold toned metallic magnet end cap. You will absolutely love it - and even better it is a perfect gift for a wedding or anniversary.
This latest design captures the essence of Aloha. As a beautiful glass beaded necklace lei each necklace is handmade on Maui and involves meticulous attention to detail while braiding. The small rose petal beads used look similar to tiny orchid flowers, but this will endure for years.
The Orchid Lei were modeled after the beautiful Hawaiian island flower lei, the necklace and kumihimo pattern are available exclusively at Akalei Designs. These are typically made from flowers leaves, feathers, or natural fibers resulting in vivid color combinations. Akalei is the Hawaiian word for "bead reflections" which truly describes this unique style only available here on Maui.
The necklace is created using an ancient Japanese braiding technique called Kumihimo, a Japanese word for “gathered threads". This art form goes back hundreds of years as braids were made for use in armor for Japanese samurai warriors. In modern times these braids are designed as belts (obijime) that are worn as a belt with a kimono.
For kumihimo braiders (disk or marudai) I am also selling this truly unique pattern here and at Kumihimo Rhythms (my 2nd Etsy site)
It is my goal to provide you with a long lasting, beautiful piece of jewelry that you will enjoy wearing for years to come. I take great care in the construction of my pieces to ensure just that. Please note: colors may slightly differ from their appearance on your display, as it depends on your monitor settings.
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