Akalei Designs is Hawaii's only designer of handcrafted Kumihimo beaded Hawaiian Lei. With over 100 unique designs we were recently awarded “Best Beaded Lanyard” from The American Kumihimo Society (2023) for our complex braid structures. In addition our silk Hawaiian necklace is being showcased in a commercial for the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement Pop-Up Makēkē Market. And another positive compliment was three of our designs were selected in 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’iHua (The Forbidden Island).
Kumihimo Spiral with Wheat Colored Necklace Lei and Hat Band - 21" to 24"
This elegantly stylish Art Jewelry necklace was woven using three monochromatic bundles of rich wheat color and three of deep gold color imitation silk fibers. Once each necklace was finished we wove them into one thicker but amazingly lightweight necklace so also is perfect as a hat band.
Altogether there are hundreds of strands of imitation silk that comprise this piece, leaving it luxurious yet flexible. 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 gold toned magnet end allows you to wear with no worry of it falling off. Even though It measures 21” yet it can be stretched temporarily up to 24" for a longer look. By coiling the spirals you may make it a tighter braid, or tug lightly to stretch out a bit.
Akalei is Hawaiian for "bead reflections" which describes this unique necklace lei design style made only here on Maui. We reinterpret traditional Hawaiian Lei using a vast assortment of glass and natural beads, Japanese silk and synthetic fibers, and a wide variety of braiding techniques and inspirations from across the globe.
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 add various size pearls or semi-precious stones. Please contact me for custom orders at firstname.lastname@example.org.