Neo is short for Neoprene, the material used to make Neo products. It is a special type of rubber, used extensively in plumbing, car and motorcycle industries. Although it is an industrial material, it has a soft and silky feel to it. Rosanna Contadini, the Italian designer behind the brand, uses ancient artisan techniques of knitting, crocheting, weaving and knotting to make her baskets. They are handmade by a co-operative of women and thus each one is slightly different.