Akalei Designs is Hawaii's only designer of handcrafted Kumihimo beaded Hawaiian Lei. With over 100 unique designs we were recently awarded “Best Beaded Lanyard” from The American Kumihimo Society (2023) for our complex braid structures. In addition our silk Hawaiian necklace is being showcased in a commercial for the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement Pop-Up Makēkē Market. And another positive compliment was three of our designs were selected in a juried art exhibit in Oahu by The Hawaiian Handweavers Hui. This public recognition reflects how our unique and high quality necklace lei are gaining attention. All our designs are handcrafted on Maui. We are unique in that we are able to incorporate aspects of floral lei into modern forever lei using glass beads with designs normally only seen in the shell lei made famous on the island of Ni’iHua (The Forbidden Island).
Goldwash Lavender Rose Petal Beaded Hawaiian Haku Lei Mini (5 Clusters) - 22"
Lavender and purple highlight this cluster of beads in the entire necklace lei. The beads in the 8" focal section include Lavender Gold Washed Rose Petal Beads with Transparent Purple Tear Drops, and Twilight Luster Fire Polish Beads. Sandwiched between and around all these are Dark Topaz AB Miyuki Seed Beads. The lei is finished with a gold toned acrylic magnet. These necklace lei drape gently to compliment the contours of the neck and chest. In addition, they feel wonderful to wear and require little to almost no care - simply clean by using a dry towel every few months to keep dust free and bright.
This late 2021 design requires meticulous attention to detail and effort while braiding because the beads themselves make patterns to look like flowers, yet these lei endure forever (with proper care of course). They also make perfect gifts for friends and loved ones! This Haku mini 5 was hand braided by Randy Spicocchi, and the pattern was developed by Rebecca Ann Combs of DesignandAdorn.com.
Akalei is Hawaiian for "bead reflections" which describes this unique necklace lei design style made only here on Maui. We reinterpret traditional Hawaiian Lei using a vast assortment of glass and natural beads, Japanese silk and synthetic fibers, and a wide variety of braiding techniques and inspirations from across the globe.
This beautiful handcrafted necklace lei was made using hundreds of glass Japanese seed beads on multiple cords that are woven together on a wooden marudai stand. The necklace lei is created using an ancient Japanese braiding technique called Kumihimo, a Japanese word for “gathered threads."
Kumihimo is an art form that 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.
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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