Ohrna means ‘veil’ in Bengali, a language of India’s east. For a woman, an ohrna adorns her attire, provides her the grace and comfort she seeks and shields her from the harshness of the sun.
The women of India’s villages are our biggest inspiration and the heart of everything we do. Each of Ohrna’s unique products is made by rural or homebound women from different parts of the country using the material, training and skills we provide, giving them a source of livelihood, financial independence and self-respect.
Ohrna was born out of a desire to preserve some of the craft traditions of Bengal, a land known for its richness in arts, poetry and culture. Our goal has also been to showcase these traditions beyond India’s borders.
Ohrna’s guiding principle is design as a tool for inclusion and global outreach. Sustainability is another key pillar of our business. From backpacks to laptop sleeves to plant holders, our products are primarily made using natural fibers like jute and cotton. Even our packaging is made from up-cycled saris.
We are passionate about innovating contemporary, everyday products by applying traditional arts and crafts to them. We aim to generate employment among home based and rural women, who find it difficult to get work without leaving their village or homes.