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).
Blue Picasso Hawaiian Forbidden Island Inspired Tiered Strands - 140"
In this versatile Blue Picasso necklace you can use your creativity and style using 4 - 7 different configurations. This extra-long necklace lei is made using large Picasso Glass Seed Beads which can be arranged to become a lovely necklace with strands that drape around your neck (depending on how long you want each strand). This unique design comes in six Picasso colors: Black,Yellow, Red, Brown, Blue and Sea Form Green The cords are linked using a large silver toned button so can be looped into various lengths to customize the shape of the necklace lei around your neck. * Button styles may vary upon availability.These beautiful, handcrafted necklaces are threaded not woven on extra strong cords
Akalei is the Hawaiian word for "bead reflections" which truly describes this unique style only available here on Maui. We specialize in designing a wide range of modern yet familiar Hawaiian lei. Please send an email to email@example.com.
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 that are worn as a belt with a kimono.
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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