Care and Washing of Fusion De Maya products 
Follow these instructions when you need to wash or refresh your scarves, shawls, pillows and aprons:

Fusion De Maya Easy-Care Instructions
First of all, just to refresh a bamboo scarf or shawl and remove wrinkles, use the steam setting on your iron and press.

If washing is necessary: 
1.   Fill the kitchen sink with warm water and a bit of mild dishwashing liquid (I use Mrs. Myer’s or Seventh Generation)
2.   Submerge the scarf, agitate with your hands, then soak for  about 10 minutes
3.   Drain sink. Lightly twist sudsy water from scarf. Refill sink and rinse in clear water
4.   Let scarf drain a bit in the dry sink
5.   Have an absorbent towel handy (beach towels are good because of their size)
6.   Lay the towel on a flat counter or the floor, and lay the clean wet scarf on the towel, smooth flat
7.   Fold towel over scarf, roll them up together and towel will remove excess moisture after a few minutes
8.   Then hang the damp scarf over shower rod or a drying rack until completely dry
9.   Use your steam iron to remove wrinkles and bamboo or cotton softness will return to the scarf

Where to Find FusionDeMaya products in 2018

Peabody Essex Museum Shop, Salem Massachusetts
Gallery 6-1/2 Bridge Street, Padanaram Village, South Dartmouth Massachusetts
New Bedford Art Museum Shop, New Bedford Massachusetts
Guilford Art Center Store, Guilford Connecticut
Haute Enchilada Gallery, Moss Landing California

Fairs and Bazaars:

Cultural Survival Bazaar. Tiverton Rhode Island.  July 28, 29 2018
Salters Point Summer Art Fair. South Dartmouth Massachusetts.  July 13,14,15 2018
Minnesota Waldorf School Holiday Fair, St Paul Minnesota.  November 16,17 2018


One of the Maya backstrap loom weavers working on a Puryear 'Fusion de Maya' scarf at our textile cooperative in Solola Guatemala. I'm pleased to be one of their customers  supporting the traditional textile practices of the Maya women and I'm happy to report that their business is growing, their facility will soon be expanded !

The editors of online magazine Hand/Eye--World Craft Culture, asked me to write an article about Fusion de Maya and my Guatemalan travels.  

2018 NEW PLACEMAT SETS.  I weave placemats with my favorite 'reused' matchsticks, pairing them with jaspe (ikat) napkins from Amigos de Santa Cruz, a community on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala...another cooperative that I work with and do color advising for. Napkins are made from typical Maya cotton garment fabrics.

Whimsy and Cunningly Sweet ?!?!?!
My Pillows have multiplied.  
Whimsical Art Pillows can always be seen at Gallery 6-1/2 Bridge Street, Padanaram Village, MA.
AND, Guilford Art Center, Guilford CT

These pillows started life as levelly designed ladies hankies, yes I have collected women's handkerchiefs of all sorts from the 50s and 60s. Then they're layered, stitch-quilted and hand embroidered with my special embellishments.

Fusion De Maya is the name of my handwoven fashion scarf and decorative pillow business. I am owner, designer and colorist. 

Newest scarves and shawls are hand-dyed bamboo and textured bamboo chenille.
My designs are handwoven on traditional backstrap looms at artisan textile cooperatives in the Highlands of Guatemala.

I travel to Guatemala annually to distribute orders and pic up completed products.

I am pleased to be associated with fair trade/fair wage textile cooperatives. My support provides indigenous weavers with income opportunities and also helps sustain Mayan textile traditions.

Installation views

Installation views
ARC Gallery. Chicago. ORDINARY WORDS Series (unframed pieces). SOUVENIR HANKIE Series (framed pieces). click image for CANTV interview link

NOTES FROM YOU Series. Artworks Gallery. New Bedford, MA


ANCESTRY-ADDRESS BOOK 1. Unframed. Size: 41” x 29.5”. One of five in series. Jacquard woven panel. Digitally altered address book image. Hand-embroidered embellishments. Digitally printed fabric “snapshots” of a 1950s school photo image and altered map sewn to surface.

SOUVENIR HANKIE Series. Four of eight pieces in series. Fuller Craft Museum. Brockton MA.


WRITIING LESSONS - SEAT OF GOVERNMENT. Framed size 22" x 22". layers of vintage handkerchiefs. Page from 19thc. penmanship practice book. Beads. Embroidery.


6" x 6" miniature. Six pieces in HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE LESSONS Series. Found text. Vintage handkerchief fragment. Hawaiian dictionary cuts. Beads and embroidery embellishments.


SOUVENIR HANKIE SERIES-GOTHIC QUARTER. One of 7 pieces in series. Found lace hankie, digitally printed map fragment, embroidery

SOUVENIR HANKIE SERIES - CAUTION. digitally manipulated printed image, vintage embroidered hankie. Framed size: 18" x 18".

WRITING LESSONS - SEAT OF GOVERNMENT. detail. Silk handkerchief. Pearl beads. Penmanship book practice page.