Materials: Ikkat and Bandhni

For this year, we have focused our collection on two fabrics, ikkat and bandhni, combined with our trademark kantha embroidery on jute.   Ikkat is a style of...

Stories of women who weave the Ohrna story

Ohrna is a story about people through products. Many of our women partners are also farmers and feel a real connect with mother earth. Sharing not just work but...

Ohrna attends NY NOW

Being selected for NY NOW for our work and all the steps leading up to our presence there for two consecutive years, has held great significance for Ohrna...

How we make our products

Every makers’ workshop involves a lot of planning. The process from the drawing board to the final product primarily involves three steps: Prepare Maker Kits, Teach women how to...

Into the lives of our makers in Lonand, Dhatri and Hubli

Lonand and Mhaswad are rustic villages in Western India about 160 kilometers from Mumbai, and home to some of the women who make our handmade products. 

Preserving Handicraft Traditions of India

One of our aspirations at Ohrna has been to preserve the handicrafts of India, especially embroidery. We are a rich land abundant in diversity with each state having...

Design as a bridge

Our design is the connection, the bridge between the makers and users, based around a human-centered design approach. We work in the sweet spot where our products are...

Why we use Jute

Our products at Ohrna are made of Jute. The use of this material extends beyond mere coincidence. Eastern India, abounding in water bodies, is not only home to...

Ohrna's muse and inspiration

In the early 90s, a home-based jute enterprise kindled in the arms of artist Sharmila Sen. Its backbone, the tribal women of Bengal inculcated needlework traditions and skills...

We are Ohrna

The meaning of Ohrna is ‘veil’ in Bengali, a language of India’s east. For a woman, an ohrna adorns her attire, provides her the grace and comfort she...