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.
Mardi Gras Green with Gold Orchid Lei Necklace - 22"
This orchid lei was modeled after a beautiful Haku (Po'o) Lei made for our Kahu at Keawalai' Congregational Church in Makena. It was so beautiful with colors reminding me of Mardi Gras - therefore the name. The matte green and gold rose petal beads are alternated then segmented by the glossy brass seed beads to recreate the lei seen in the photo. The brass toned metallic end cap helps ensure this will stay secure around your neck.
This beautiful hand made style lei was made using hundreds of glass Japanese seed beads on multiple cords that are woven together on a Japanese wooden marudai stand and finished with a gold toned metallic magnet end cap. You will absolutely love it - and even better it is a perfect gift. These are typically made from flowers leaves, feathers, or natural fibers resulting in vivid color combinations.
Akalei is Hawaiian for "bead reflections" 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 and men.
The necklace is created using an ancient Japanese braiding technique called Kumihimo, a Japanese word for “gathered threads". This art form goes back hundreds of years as braids were made for use in armor for Japanese samurai warriors. In modern times these braids are designed as belts (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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