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 multi-toned earthy toned imitation silks are woven in two separate braids, then these are combined into one bold necklace. In this combination we braided three packets of gold, on the second we used three packets of wheat and then joined them after braiding separately. This design gives off an Art Jewelry "vibe" with a noble appearance but without significant weight.
The braid's spiral design allows it to be worn tightly as a shorter or slightly stretched out. A strong gold toned magnet end allows you to wear with no worry of it falling off. It measures 21”worn. This unique necklace look is created by braiding together 12 different ‘bunches” of fiber in an “Off Balance” design technique. Altogether there are hundreds of strands that comprise this piece, leaving it luxurious yet flexible. By coiling the spirals you may make it a tighter braid, or tug lightly to stretch out a bit more.
Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese braid making technique that creates beautiful and strong interlaced cords. This art form goes back hundreds of years as braids were made for use in armor of Japanese samurai warriors. In modern times these braids are designed as belts (obijime) that are worn as a belt with a kimono.
Customized orders are welcomed - these braids can be made using Japanese Silks and various small (4-6mm) size pearls or semi-precious stones. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.