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.
Two-toned Brown "Forbidden Island" Lilikoi Lei Necklace -30”
Earth tones brown Hawaiian Glass Beaded Lilikoi Lei Necklace is another one-of-a-kind design that reflects the beauty discovered all throughout Hawaii. This beautiful "Forbidden Island Inspired" design is made wIth Brown Travertine and Beige Picasso “Rizo” Beads and Brown Picasso Seed Beads. The necklace is finished with an etched silver tone magnetic (for a strong hold) with a combined length of 30". These are made to order so please give up to 2-3 weeks lead time to make for you. Various magnet end caps can be used if prefer something different.
There are hundreds of beads precisely loaded onto 8 nylon fiber braiding cords that are then woven together in a technique called “Kongo Gumi” or strong braid, with one bead at a time added and snuggled into the design to create this elegant necklace.
The weaving of beads requires many hours of braiding on a Japanese wooden stand called a “Marudai”. These necklaces feel wonderful to wear and require little to almost no care by using a clean dry towel every few months to keep dust free and bright. Due to the durability of the glass beads this necklace will last for years. You can also mix and match with different lengths of similar Lei or try the Forbidden Island inspired necklaces in that collection (see sample photo in this item).
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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) used on kimonos.