Akalei Designs is Hawaii's primier designer of handcrafted Kumihimo beaded Hawaiian Lei. Recently featured in Maui on HI Now with POP-Up Mãkeke and Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement. With hundreds of unique designs we were recently awarded “Best Beaded Lanyard” from The American Kumihimo Society (2023) for our complex braid structures. And another positive development in 2023 we had 3 designs selected for a juried art exhibit in Oahu by The Hawaiian Handweavers Hui. This public recognition reflects how our unique and high quality necklace lei are gaining attention. All our designs are handcrafted on Maui. We are unique in that we are able to incorporate aspects of floral lei into modern forever lei using glass beads with designs normally only seen in the shell lei made famous on the island of Ni’ihau (The Forbidden Island).
Stunning Octopus Pendent (Garnet, Green, Pink and Gray) Beaded Necklace - 36"
Another Maui design original that incorporate's a few Kumihimo designs into an extra-long necklace. The numerous textures in the necklace blends blush pink tones with a unique "silver - lined frosted olivine pink" beads in the main braid for an amazing necklace lei. The focal octopus has grey, cranberry, and the octopus head has a blue shimmery reflective look all this is surrounded by milky and garnet accent beads for more dynamics. Oval shaped/striped lentil beads then segment the bottom from a playful four cord end using blush variety of beads. This magnificent art necklace is finished with a pearly toned acrylic magnet with an extra strong hold.* NOTE: During the beading process this octopus bead was chipped, but has been repaired using two-part epoxy glue but is "normal" so is being offered at a reduced rate.
Our necklaces feel wonderful to wear and require little to almost no care. To keep dust free use a clean moist towel with small amount of dish soap and run it through your hands every few months to keep bright. This beautiful hand-crafted style necklace was made using hundreds of glass beads from around the world that are meticulously loaded onto multiple cords that are woven then together on a Japanese Marudai braiding stand.
Akalei Designs make great gifts for woman, girls, and men! Akalei is the Hawaiian word for "bead reflections" which captures this unique style only available on Maui. We specialize in designing a wide range of modern yet classic Hawaiian looking lei. For customized orders please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese braid making technique that creates beautiful and durable interlaced necklaces and bracelets. This art form goes back hundreds of years as braids were made for use in armor of Samurai warriors. In modern times these braids are used for belts (obijime) on kimonos
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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