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.
Green Toned Imitation Silk (Off Balance) Necklace or Hat Band- 21"
This super lightweight necklace was woven together using light blue, teal imitation silk and silver metallic fibers (with blue, green and rust streaks of color). Altogether there are hundreds of strands that comprise this piece, leaving it luxurious yet flexible. This also doubles as a hat band and this combination of colors is actually two braids linked together but able to be separated for a 3 in 1 item if bought the two Off Balance Braids. The second braid seen in the hat is Beige with Sky Blue Silk Necklace /Hat Band.
The braid's spiral effect allows it to be worn tighter and shorter or stretched out as a longer necklace for a lower plunge on the neckline. An extra strong matte silver toned magnet end allows you to wear with no worry of it falling off. It measures 21” yet is amazingly light weight. By coiling the spirals you may make it a tighter braid, or tug lightly to stretch out a bit more.
Akalei is Hawaiian for "bead reflections" and "string of multicolored glass beads" which describes this unique necklace lei design style available only here on Maui. We specialize in designing a wide range of modern yet familiar Hawaiian Lei for woman, girls, men and boys.
Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese braid making technique that results in 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 obijime (belts) that are worn 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.