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.
Red Picasso Rose Petals & Pink Beaded Hawaiian Haku Lei - 21"
These whitewashed reds and pinks create a very dramatic contrast against the cream white seed beads. The large Luster Stone Topaz Oxblood (Reddish Picasso like) Rose Petals, Cranberry Gold Luster Seed Beads and Chalk White Terracota Dagger beads create the 9" focal section. Then the Cream Ceylon Miyuki Seed Beads sit nicely on both ends to allow the entire necklace to drape off the neck with ease. This lei will be your forever Hawaiian Necklace Lei and requires little to no maintenance or care. The silver toned metallic magnet is strong to ensure it stays put.
Akalei is the Hawaiian word for "bead reflections" which truly describes this unique style only available 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.
This beautiful hand made style lei was made using hundreds of glass Japanese seed beads on multiple cords that are woven together on a wooden marudai stand (in a kongo gumi braid pattern).
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. For kumihimo braiders (disk or marudai) I am also selling this truly unique Haku Lei pattern here and at Kumihimo Rhythms (my 2nd Etsy site)
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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