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.
Beige and Caramel "Straw" Orchid Lei Necklace - 24"
The small beige and caramel rose petal beads alternate to resemble tiny orchid flowers and the unique beading pattern gives it a beautiful authentic lei look. This necklace is comfortable to wear as it drapes beautifully on the neck and will be your forever lei. It measures in at 24" and has a gold tone acrylic magnet end for a secure fit.
This design is available exclusively at Akalei and was the first of many innovative designs made in Spring 2020 that combined rose petal beads, natural Hawaiian Lei making colors of natural straw and flowers with a traditional Japanese Braiding technique called kumihimo. As a beautiful glass beaded necklace lei each necklace is handmade on Maui and involves meticulous attention to detail while braiding.
Akalei is Hawaiian for "bead reflections" which describes this unique necklace lei design style available only here on Maui. We specialize in designing a wide range of modern yet familiar Hawaiian Lei for woman, girls, men and boys.
This necklace and pattern for advanced braiders are available exclusively at Akalei Designs. 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.
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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