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 end sections begin by using matte olive green seed beads, but then the focal section transitions into a Translucent Copper Rose Petals between segments of lovely chartreuse drops and metallic gecko beads for a wonderful and unique look - truly remarkable. While the more vibrant solid copper of the larger Rose Petal Beads make up the center focal section pop out with volumes of color. The copper metallic magnetic end cap is extra secure and ensures it stays put. Modeled after the beautiful Hawaiian island flower lei, this necklace is available exclusively at Akalei Designs.
Akalei is Hawaiian for "bead reflections" which describes this unique necklace lei design style available 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 hand made leii was made using hundreds of glass Japanese seed beads on multiple cords that are woven together on a wooden marudai stand (in a kongo gumi kumihimo braid pattern).
The necklace is woven together 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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