Akalei is Hawaiian for "bead reflections" which describes our unique necklace lei handcrafted only on Maui. We reinterpret and illuminate 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 latest design captures the essence of Aloha. As a beautiful glass beaded necklace lei each necklace is handmade on Maui and involves meticulus attention to detail while braiding. The small rose petal beads used look similar to tiny orchid flowers, but this will endure for years.
These Green Picasso rose beads with pearlly luster white seed beads add a touch of elegance to any outfit and the necklace is extremely comfortalbe to wear as it drapes beautifully on the neck. 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 (in a kongo gumi kumihimo braid pattern), then finished with a silver metallic magnet end cap. . You will absolutly love it - and even better it is a perfect gift for a wedding or anniversary.
The Orchid Lei were modeled after the beautiful Hawaiian island flower lei, the necklace and kumihimo pattern are availabe exclusively at Akalei Designs. These are typically made from flowers leaves, feathers, or natural fibers resulting in vivid color combinations.
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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