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).
KIT-Hawaiian Lei Glass Bead Necklace - Red Picasso “Rizo” Beads with Brown Picasso Beads- 18-21"
Another one of my favorite combinations with this Red Picasso “Rizo” beads and Brown Picasso glass seed beads for a unique Hawaiian Lei appearance. 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 necklace is finished with a powerful copper toned “etched” magnetic (for an extra strong hold) for a length of almost 20” long. 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).
Each KIT comes with:
- Red Picasso “Rizo” beads for focal section (approximately 7”)
- Brown Picasso 8/0 Seed Beads
- Detailed instructions for making on a disk or marudai
- Precut nylon bead cord (enough for use on marudai 50” x 8)
- Smal magnetic clasp
NOTE: This is a KIT of supplies ONLY with instructions to make this Hawaiian Glass Lei Necklace of 19”
A Finished Necklace is NOT included.
You will need to provide the following to complete this Kit:
- Marudai or Kumihimo disk and 8 bobbins (Disks available if needed - $5 each) Please send request with order. - Tama (70 grams x 8) or Counterweight- Scissors and/or cord burner - 2 Part Epoxy Glue for finishing
Akalei Designs make great gifts for woman, girls, men and even your favorite pet! If you would like a unique design I can create almost any length, most colors, and also use a variety of button closures. Ideal as a gift for a holiday, birthday, wedding or anniversary Each purchase comes with a wooden gift tag and if for $20 a Japanese fabric gift bag with kumihimo cords (see accessories and add to cart). For customized orders please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.