A photo by Stephenlnc.
We used this kind of clothes basket to keep clothes in for repair or for recycling. A pair of scissors would be in the basket with other things like threads and needles.
In some families, this kind of basket was for keeping babies' clothes. Sometimes the basket was hanged up so that ants would not crawl into the clothes. That is why you can see a smaller handle on the bigger handle.
Apart from these two uses, I would not know what else it was used for.
This kind of basket was very sturdy and hardy because the best rattan was used. That is why it can stand the test of time.
What did your family use it for?