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).
Pink Beaded Japanese Fiber Necklace and Hat Band - 21"
This unique necklace also serves as a wonderful hat band (so two purposes). It was woven using metallic and various tones of pink "imitation" silk fibers. There are two tones of beautiful pink imitation silk accentuated with white imitation silk in the center. The soft pink center ridge helps to highlight the beautiful oval shaped white pearlized beads to show off the entire necklace. An extra strong silver toned magnet end allows you to wear with no worry of it falling off. It measures 21“ yet is amazingly light weight. Altogether there are hundreds of strands that comprise this piece, leaving it luxurious yet flexible.
This extraordinary necklace was woven together using metallic and imitation silk fibers. This unique design is created by braiding together 12 different ‘bunches” of fiber in an “Off Balance” technique. The braid's spiral effect allows it to be worn tightly as a shorter or stretched out as a longer necklace. Altogether there are hundreds of strands that comprise this piece, leaving it luxurious yet flexible.
Akalei is Hawaiian for "bead reflections" which describes this unique necklace lei design style made only here on Maui. We reinterpret and illuminate 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.
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 belts (obijime) that are worn as a belt with a kimono.
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