Ya know, some people have a thing for baskets. I know this because my customers always ask me for unusual baskets and it always seems that when I buy a ton at market or in a field, I am SURE that I have over bought. The joke is on me. When I saw these baskets, which are made in Africa, I went berserk. I don't know why something so simple drives me beyond rational thought. They are all a little different and the colors are beautiful and subtle. I use them like crazy!!! The are so sturdy, I use them as my "briefcase" loading fabrics, papers, notepads etc. They hold a ton and the leather on the handle makes it so easy to grip. I also use one as my laundry basket in my closet and it is just the right size for about two days worth of clothes...keeps me moving the laundry along. Also, a girlfriend in Houston told me a long time ago that if I put a basket in my car, fill it with bottles of water, I would drink twice as much water and not as much caffeine and she is right. It is amazing how much more often I reach for a water. Last, but not least, when we go out to friend's houses and I am asked to bring something, I put everything in this pretty basket and put a hand towel over the top and voila, I have a fabulous carry all or hostess gift! I love these baskets!