During the 1980's, Anuschka handbags founder, Swapan Basu, chanced upon the opportunity to make hand painted accessories; he quickly accepted and sought the help of his best friend and wife, Roma. In 1984 she began designing Anushcka's signature hand painted bags, all the while developing and refining the method of painting over the years. Today, the perfected process used on their handbags is a closely guarded family secret. Their son, Bhaskar, wanted to keep the family business alive, and through his vision, Basu Corporation was founded and in the year 2000 sold its first Anuschka handbag. Bhaskar encouraged the use of bold new designs to push the handbag company into mainstream fashion. Given the extent of the process used, it was hard to find artists that were willing to spend hours in a factory painting these elaborate designs on handbags. When faced with the challenge, Anuschka's co-founder, Roma, set out to look for unemployed youths with a basic sense of art and an eagerness to make an honest living. Through her search she recruited a handful of boys and girls who were either unemployed, socially backward or barely making minimum wage. Today, Anuschka continues to afford these young artists the chance to make a good living and provide for their family through painting handbags. Translated, Anuschka means like no other. The first time you lay eyes on these truly unique handbags, you will undoubtedly agree that that is the perfect descriptoion of this line of hand painted bags. Anuschka handbags are crafted from superior quality soft cow leather. The line features a wide array of bags and accessories, ranging from cosmetic cases and checkbook holders to everyday totes and evening bags. Every one of Anuschka's handbags are decorated with a selection of abstract and natural scenes all depicted in muted colors in a variety of shades and hues. Through this process, each handbag is transformed into a one of a kind object of timeless art.