Team

FOUNDER

Ohrna was founded by Jhumkee Sengupta Iyengar in 2017. A people centered product & experience designer, Jhumkee is also a teacher, writer and presenter.

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Her strong desire to give back, to help preserve rich craft traditions of her roots in Bengal, India, along with her artistic flair, imagination and love for colors, initiated Ohrna as her passion project few years ago, that soon turned into a social enterprise operating globally. This work also brings her full circle to span a cultural bridge between India and USA, the two places she considers home.

Jhumkee is based in Pune, India. She designs, trains all artisans for free, while also running and growing the enterprise in India and overseas.


CO-FOUNDER

Mitul Iyengar co-founded Ohrna with her mother Jhumkee. She studied graphic design and visual communication, before working as a digital product designer.

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She is inspired by Ohrna’s mission to promote a sustainable product lifecycle, as well as the ability for design to empower women. She is passionate about crafts and textiles, and enjoys working with her hands.

Mitul is based in Brooklyn, New York, and works on new product development, as well as Ohrna’s online presence.


DESIGN INTERN

Karmishtha Krishna joined Ohrna as a design intern in 2019. She is a product design student with interests in sustainable packaging and medical innovation. She also has deep rooted passions for fine arts and literary arts.

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Karmishtha strongly believes in the power of empathy and design to be able to to bridge existing gaps - between people, entities and the world as a whole. Her desire to learn and explore, be more purposeful and create an impact brought her to Ohrna.

Karmishtha is based in Mumbai, India, and contributes to the development of Ohrna's brand identity and social media content.


OUR INSPIRATION

Ohrna is inspired by Sharmila Sen, a Fine Arts graduate who worked with the philosophies that Ohrna has imbibed. 

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Sharmila ran a home-based enterprise for 24 years, training tribal women and selling locally, jute based products made by them. The results were apparent over the years, when many a woman came back with recounts of how the income helped educate their children or solved some of their basic monetary problems.