I have several ecological market baskets and this one is my favorite. I use it to carry my wet laundry to the clothesline. One time it sat in some mud and I couldn't believe how easily it washed up ... it restored with no indication of soil or "reshaping." The leather handles and beautifully woven basket have endured two years of "ranch life" abuse. STRONGLY recommend for anyone who needs a functional, daily-used basket. This one is not only a strong one, but it's beautiful, too!