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).
Fashionable Classic Black Lilikoi Lei Necklace - 18" to 22" (Custom)
Every fashion conscious person must own an elegant evening accessory and this classic black necklace accomplishes this perfectly. This beautiful Hawaiian Lilikoi Lei is made using Black“Rizo” Beads and glossy black seed beads. Imagine threading a grain of rice with a cord, that is the amount of detail required to make these Lilikoi Designs. The necklace is finished with a powerful shiny or matte black acrylic magnetic (for a strong hold). The item will be shipped or available for pick-up within two weeks so please allow time for this to be made.
Imagine threading a small grain of rice through a tiny hole, that is what these Rizo beads are like (similar in size to the Lilikoi or passion fruit seeds).There are hundreds of Rizo 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 round 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).
Akalei Designs make great gifts for woman men! Akalei is the Hawaiian word for "bead reflections" which describes this unique style only available here on Maui. We specialize in designing a wide range of modern yet classic Hawaiian looking lei. Ideal as a gift for a holiday, birthday, wedding or anniversary. Please email email@example.com to inquire about custom products for that special occasion.
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.