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).
Stunning White Wedding "Unicorn" Glass Beaded Lei Necklace - 25"
The beads used in this necklace are handmade by Unicorn beads in California. it has three jumbo tear drop beads called white chocolate lamp work beads and have white stripes (see close-up photo). The combination continues with medium pearlized tear drops then mini matte white beads. All combined with white line crystal seed beads by Toho, and finished with an extra strong pearlized white acrylic magnetic ends for a secure hold and ease of putting on/taking off.
This lei has a sleek feel and drapes beautifully when worn and the design combines the best of our Lei Necklaces for a perfect wedding look. You will absolutely love it - and even better it is a perfect gift for a wedding or anniversary. This forever lei requires little to no care to keep it clean, dust free and bright and comes with a strong silver metallic end clasp with extra grooves for a secure hold.
This unique glass beaded braid, available exclusively at Akalei Designs, was inspired by the beautiful floral Haku (also known as Po’o) Lei traditionally worn around the head.Akalei is Hawaiian for "bead reflections" which describes this unique necklace lei design style handcrafted 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.
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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