Not all ‘French’ shopping bags actually come from France. Called the ‘Couffin’ or French Market Bag, these popular baskets, the quintessential sac de marché for shopping in France, are actually hand made in Morocco using woven palm tree leaves and are most commonly trimmed in leather. Market bags arrived in France in the 19th century. They are light weight, strong, practical and versatile. Although ideal for carrying groceries, pet supplies or any other shopping fodder, they can also be used as storage around the house or in your car. Great for summer toting, these beautiful bags also make a great purse or market bag anytime!
Baskets and basket weaving have been traced back to Egypt, at least 4,000 years ago. For a substance that is not as indestructible as stone or clay, the influence and appearance of wicker baskets in society has been long-lasting. Today, wicker baskets hold our choice of flowers and fruit at the farmer’s market, and fashion magazines at home but for our ancestors they played the important role of carrying the goods that were to be traded. Origins of Wicker Baskets As the materials used to make the baskets do not withstand weathering, it is hard to trace the origins of this product. Nonetheless, the dry air of the Egyptian pyramids…