What are they used for? Let me count the ways... I have a large market basket I use for harvesting vegetables. My customers have used various types for sewing kits, fruit baskets, toy containers, book totes, kindling holders, laundry baskets, shopping bags, and a host of other tasks. One customer even uses a pot basket similar to this one as a lunch box.
If they ever need to be reshaped or cleaned, you can wet them thoroughly with cool water, then shape and clean them as needed without the dye running. In fact, exposure to water will make the already tight weave even tighter and stronger.
With their combination of beauty and function, it's no wonder Bolga baskets are well-loved and well-used by so many people.