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 Continuous Beaded Braid with Hammered Look Toggle Clasp - 19"
This green and gold toned continuous beaded braid necklace is 19" and has a gold toned hammered look toggle clasp for ease of use in putting on/taking off. This toggle can also be used as an accent or focal point if worn on the front of the body. A very light piece and it goes with almost any outfit of beige, green, white or black. The clasp also has three 4mm Swarowski crystals as accent beads.
Continuous Beaded Braids are woven 8 beaded cords created on a Japanese Marudai or wooden braiding stand.
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.