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.
This Black/Gray/Rust Beaded Kumihimo Necklace at 26" is literally a one-of-a-kind piece with nearly two thousand glass beads there is no way to replicate this. It is a stunning 26” necklace to help make the right statement! Worn as a striking art piece for a elegant dining occasion or simply an intimate dinner for two this necklace is wonderful addition to your wardrobe. The silver toned magnet end cap has a special double locking aspect for added security in wearing without it falling off.
With this design I used 8 cords of S-lon cord and hand loaded Japanese Miyuki seed beads and then braided on a Japanese wooden stand (Marudai). The process requires many smaller movements to massage the braid while being constructed to give it that tight round braid. I do have 1 kit of this available with slight variations in the beads, priced at $65.00 (please email email@example.com).
Akalei is Hawaiian for "bead reflections" and "string of multicolored glass beads" 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 - especially targeting the fashion designers of Hawaii.
Customized orders are welcomed - these braids can be made using Japanese Silks and various small (4-6mm) size pearls or semi-precious gems.
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.