Ohrna

Pune, 
India
http://www.ohrna.com
  • Booth: 3976

Ohrna’s rustic, contemporary designs are organic and traditional-artisanal. Our unique handcrafted products combine jute, a plant fiber with ikkat & bandhini and made by women seeking financial freedom.

Our designs: cross bodies, backpack, sari-gift bag & purse, clutches, laptop cases

Brands: Ohrna
 
 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 shades her from the harshness of the sun. 
 With focus on use of plant fibers, employment of rural women and packaging in up cycled materials, Ohrna believes in responsible design.


 Press Releases

  • Ohrna is an organization based in India, launched with a dream of helping rural women earn a living making handmade products from organic and sustainable materials. 
    Our goal is to help save the planet while also giving some of its poorest people a source of income, livelihood and pride. 

    Our products are made out of jute – a biodegradable, recyclable natural fiber – and are designed using India’s rich, time-honored handicraft traditions. 

    Ohrna proudly introduces embroidered jute to wider markets and uses jute because it is a natural vegetable fiber. 

    We provide free training and raw materials that enable women to work from home. One of our core objectives is creating financial freedom and self-worth among home-based women. This lets them balance their family and home commitments without needing to leave their villages.  

    Every Ohrna product therefore provides a woman with not just income, but a sense of self-belief.

    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 seeks and shields her from the harshness of the sun... 

    Going forward, Ohrna is envisioned as an organization run by well-wishers and supporters who wish to give back. 

    Ohrna is less than a year old. When profitable, we plan to turn over profits in benefit of makers and their families.

    So every Ohrna product brings many people – and our earth – closer to a better tomorrow.

    Founder: Jhumkee Iyengar: A people-centered product and experince designer, also a teacher, writer and presenter 

    Inspired by: Sharmila Sen, a fine arts graduate who worked tirelessly with this philosophy of financially empowering tribal women for 24 years

    Facilitator: Mann Deshi Foundation, an organization that promotes rural women entrepreneurship

  • Ohrna products are specifically designed to make your life just that little bit easier.

    A journal cover with an integrated penholder so you never have to worry about where that pen went. A tote that lets you keep your shoes or bottles separate from things you don’t want dirty or wet. A laptop sleeve with special pockets for your boarding pass, pen, paper and of course, your phone... 

    Our designs are backed by a human-centered design sense and sensitivity that make our products as practical to use as they are visually appealing.

    All of them are made by our rural women partners, which is why our designs are not just easy to use – they’re also easy to make and easy to teach!For example, all our bags are designed for manufacture as a ‘bag-in-a-bag’, to make the finishing much easier to achieve with in-home sewing machines. 

    Ohrna's objective is to combine traditional crafts and organic materials to make innovative, contemporary products for daily life. 

    We do this keeping in mind not just ease of use and beauty for the customer but also the abilities of makers who often start out not as artisans, but as housewives, often with very limited sewing or embroidery skills. Understanding their context gives a greater appreciation of the quality of their work, and also helps us design to ensure that quality.

    Our main design philosophy is that there is much beauty in simplicity! We’re always experimenting with different designs, patterns and colors to express our beliefs through our products, and that is what makes each one of them unique! 

    Considering design as a tool of Inclusion and global outreach, Ohrna presented at the Interaction Designers Association Education Summit in Lyon, France in Feb 2018 on the topic ‘Can Design with a Purpose Inspire the Underserved?’ 

    So an Ohrna product you buy will not just make your life easier… it’ll also make someone else’s life better. 

    Ohrna believes in responsible design. Our focus is use of sustainable materials, employment of rural women, preservation of rich craft traditions and packaging in up cycled materials. 

    We train for free and often employ women with minimum skills. We design to customers' needs and also constantly adapt our designs for ease of making, for our makers. Many of our artisans are from Mann Deshi Foundation. 

  • Ohrna chose to combine jute -- the organic, plant-based fabric of Bengal in eastern India  -- with the region’s beautiful kantha style of embroidery. Eastern India’s many water bodies, unique climatic conditions and environment are naturally suited for jute cultivation. 

    We use jute because it is a natural vegetable fiber, biodegradable, naturally decomposable and durable. It is a wonderful and proven substitute for plastic. And Ohrna is proud to introduce embroidered jute to a wider global audience. 

    While jute gives our products a natural, earthy look and feel, we still manage to make them colorful, and sometimes even Christmas-y! 

    We apply our organic philosophy to everything we do. For our journal with penholder for example, the paper is 100% handmade and recycled, originating from cloth and cotton waste rather than from trees. 

    We also decided to package our products in up-cycled saris, very colorful ones too! We love it, as do our customers. 

    With beautiful embroideries on this natural vegetable fiber that is recyclable and ecofriendly, yet strong and long lasting, Ohrna products help preserve the environment and promote empowerment. Made by rural and home-based women, your purchase supports their journey to self-sufficiency and the profits benefit their families.

    Ohrna believes in responsible design. Our focus is use of sustainable materials, employment of rural women, preservation of rich craft traditions and packaging in up cycled materials. 

    We train for free and often employ women with minimum skills. We design to customers' needs and also constantly adapt our designs for ease of making, for our makers. Many of our artisans are from Mann Deshi Foundation. 

  • Ohrna’s leadership comes from a design background and philosophy, with an established process of going from concept to prototype to finished product. 

    However, we had to change many parts of the rulebook when it came to our makers -- our rural women partners, primarily because of a vastly different context. Our simplest designs and assumptions were sometimes not as simple as we had thought!

    But we have learned from them even as we’re teaching, and they have played a big role in shaping the design journey of our products. 

    A journey to the village for a Maker’s Workshop™ involves a lot of planning. 

    First, detailing out our design concept, then deciding how many of each design type we want to make over two or three workshops, and finally cutting jute, our base material accordingly.

    Our prepackaged Maker’s Kit™ also involves coordinating fabrics and embroidery thread colors, a part we enjoy immensely, as we mix and match colors and textures to arrive at the right design. 

    The training is free and we hand over pre-cut and ready-to-make kits to the ladies at the end of the workshop. There is always a lot of excitement to learn new designs!

    The first product we designed was our eco-sunglass case, which we thought would be quite easy to make but was a steep learning curve -- for them and for us. But the effort paid off and we found the perfect first customer – an ophthalmologist! 

    Our second product in our second workshop was a journal cover with an inbuilt penholder. The ladies first practiced on paper and then on rough cloth before switching to the final materials. Getting the dimension, alignment and overall perfection was quite a challenge, but we got there in the end. 

    As we ventured into making table runners at our third workshop and then table mats, penholders and even bags, our planning and preparation got more and more elaborate so even detailed products would be easier to make and teach. 

    Working with artisans in multicultural, multilingual India is fun. Instructions often have to be labeled in various languages and translated, sometimes getting lost in translation too! 

    But working with our Makers and understanding their needs has helped us make our products not just better and more beautiful but also meaningful! 

    Ohrna believes in responsible design. Our focus is use of sustainable materials, employment of rural women, preservation of rich craft traditions and packaging in up cycled materials. 

    We train for free and often employ women with minimum skills. We design to customers' needs and also constantly adapt our designs for ease of making, for our makers. Many of our artisans are from Mann Deshi Foundation. 

  • For Seema Satish Chavan, one of the defining moments of her 36 years life has been the day her painstakingly hand crafted pouch was bought by a student from New Jersey. Born and raised in a small village four hours from Mumbai, Seema had never heard of New Jersey. But the purchase unlocked for her an opportunity she had only dreamt of till now - the ability to create something with her own hands and have that skill empower her financially. ‘After seeing the global world through Ohrna, I feel awakened', she says. 

    Ohrna is a story about people through products. In extraordinary efforts towards empowerment, our Makers strive hard for perfection. 

    Jyoti our studio assistant in Pune, was terrified to hold a scissor. She now confidently cuts fabric. She also enjoys drawing instructions on the village kits that replace written ones, empowering also those who cannot read. Jyoti is now her family’s main breadwinner. 

    Lonand and Mhaswad are rustic villages in Western India about 160 kilometers from Mumbai in Maharashtra state, and home to some of the women who make our handmade products. Small temples dot the landscape, their shikhar (steeple) painted in bright colors, arches welcoming visitors to each village, sugarcane fields, bullock-carts, schoolgirls on their very long walk to school and bright colored turbans, all distinguish the hilly and arid surroundings. 

    Hubli in neighbouring Karnataka state where we also work, about 250 miles from Bangalore, is characterized by coconut water vendors, jasmine flowers in women’s hair and rice flour decorations at the entrance to homes. Ohrna decided to set up a presence there after visiting women in Hubli, who enjoy embroidery and sewing, but are mostly homebound. They wished for opportunities to work from home, and Ohrna believes in enabling and empowering women to earn a living.

    Our artisans from Lonand and Hubli belong to Manndeshi Foundation, an organization that promotes rural women entrepreneurship.

    Ohrna has been enriched by its work with these rural women, many of whom are also farmers and feel a real connect with Mother Earth. Sharing not just work, but meals and experiences have led to some cherished bonding moments.  

    Ask Noorjehan Tehsildar, who enjoys Ohrna work a lot, how Ohrna has been transformational for her. “I love to do creative work, to learn new things. I want to do something, to be somebody’. "You come from so far to teach us, it feels very nice. I hope Ohrna grows, and I hope you can keep giving us work”, she adds. 

    Or Vishakha Balkrushna Desai, who works on her own schedule and puts away the entire amount she earns to buy gold ornaments for her daughters’ wedding. 

    That in essence is what inspires Ohrna. Hearing their stories you know that Ohrna is much more than an enterprise. 

    When asked what she did during her days off after the holiday rush, Jyoti said she was in the hills collecting firewood. And happily added that she collected enough for a month!  

    Ohrna salutes the spirit of these women. 

    Ohrna believes in responsible design. Our focus is use of sustainable materials, employment of rural women, preservation of rich craft traditions and packaging in up cycled materials. 

    We train for free and often employ women with minimum skills. We design to customers' needs and also constantly adapt our designs for ease of making, for our makers. Many of our artisans are from Mann Deshi Foundation. 

  • India is a land of rich crafts, each state having its own unique embroidery tradition. 

    Kashida of Kashmir, Kutchi of Gujarat, Kantha of Bengal, Chikankari of Uttar Pradesh, Kasuti of Karnataka, Phulkari of Punjab and Peepli of Odisha are some of the popular embroidery styles of India. 

    While our main mission at Ohrna was enabling livelihoods while advocating sustainability, another goal we set out with also is to help preserve the traditional crafts of India. And we focused first on Bengal, the eastern state of India known for its rich artworks and textiles.

    We chose to combine jute, the organic, plant-based fabric native to Bengal with the beautiful kanthastyle of embroidery of the same region.

    The combination of jute fabric and kantha embroidery has become Ohrna’s trademark. Jute’s natural earthy colors, that we have also combined and complemented with various interesting regional fabrics added over time, is turning into the hallmark of our brand. 

    On our visit to the town of Hubli, about 250 miles from Bangalore, we were introduced to the kasuti style of embroidery. Kasuti, the traditional and intricate embroidery of Karnataka, a state on India’s southwestern coast is a combination of backstitch, running stitch, cross stitch and zig-zag running stitch. It creates beautiful patterns and designs.  

    While we have not yet integrated kasuti in its traditional form into Ohrna products, our kasuti artisans of Hubli are applying cross-stitch from among the kasuti stitches to our products. 

    With many of our rural women artisans having a limited knowledge of embroidery and design, Ohrna equips them with embroidery and product making skills that are transforming their lives through financial empowerment. 

    This endeavor also fulfills its other aim -- to preserve the rich craft of handmade products that form the fabric of India’s culture. 

    Ohrna believes in responsible design. Our focus is use of sustainable materials, employment of rural women, preservation of rich craft traditions and packaging in up cycled materials. 

    We train for free and often employ women with minimum skills. We design to customers' needs and also constantly adapt our designs for ease of making, for our makers. Many of our artisans are from Mann Deshi Foundation. 

  • Sharmila Sen, an artist who lived and worked in eastern India, has been Ohrna’s beacon. 

    Sharmila began training tribal women in Bengal in the early nineties, running a home-based jute enterprise. Through this initiative, she sold products embroidered by these women, in local exhibitions. The enterprise had an immense impact on their lives, and many women came back with stories of how the income helped educate their children or solved some of their basic monetary problems. 

    It is this empowerment of rural women that Ohrna is trying to take forward, while also promoting sustainable, organic materials like jute. 

    Sharmila’s designs have been embroidery-intensive, using embroidery traditions and skills of the region where she worked by combining jute and wool.  We wished to retain at least one of her original designs at Ohrna, and took it to artisans in Hubli for its application to our intricately embroidered Meditation Cushions. 

    Today Ohrna proudly takes forward Sharmila’s legacy and introduces embroidered jute to wider markets. We are honored to have her as a mentor, and to have her blessings to take her vision forward. 

    "There's no language that can describe how much Ohrna means to me. It makes me so happy”, says Sharmila. 

    “I ran my venture for 24 years but had to give it up for various reasons. It was like a child that I could no longer take care of, but I'm so grateful that my child has found a loving and nurturing home in Ohrna. I pray Ohrna grows to even greater heights" she adds. 

    “I ran my venture for 24 years but had to give it up for various reasons. It was like a child that I could no longer take care of, but I'm so grateful that my child has found a loving and nurturing home in Ohrna. I pray Ohrna grows to even greater heights" she adds. 

    Ohrna believes in responsible design. Our focus is use of sustainable materials, employment of rural women, preservation of rich craft traditions and packaging in up cycled materials. 

    We train for free and often employ women with minimum skills. We design to customers' needs and also constantly adapt our designs for ease of making, for our makers. Many of our artisans are from Mann Deshi Foundation. 

  • Empowerment is not just about earning or formal literacy, but about what happens along the way. At Ohrna, inspired voices of the women artisans with whom we work, become our purpose. 

    Jyoti, our studio assistant in Pune, had never held a scissor in her life and was scared to cut scrap paper. Now she confidently cuts fabric, and being able to do so makes her feel stronger! Another activity that she enjoys doing and has grown through is drawing icon-based product instructions for our ready-to-sew Makers Kits to send to the village. 

    Vinita, one of our artisans in Lonand village, says 'फुलनाहीतरपाकळीसही', which means ‘even if it is just a petal and not the whole flower, it is mine. I have earned it and am proud of my accomplishment.’ Born in a typical rural family, Vinita’s education ended after 10th grade. Working mainly on the family farm after marriage, Vinita’s story of grit reflects the self-belief that Ohrna aims to create. 

    Vinita was excited to work with Ohrna - it was not just money but also the art. She feels she has become more courageous and confident, and learned the value of time. She has learned also to be a perfectionist and loves making mats and runners.

    Salma, an artisan from Hubli, brought her son to one of our workshops because she couldn’t leave him at home alone. He only had scraps of cloth, newspaper pieces and chalk to play with throughout the day as she worked on her new mat design but he was just as full of glee at the end of the day as he was at the start!

    Vishakha hails from India’s lush green Konkan region, known for people who are generous. A heavy workload on the farm forced her to drop out of school in the 12th grade. Longing to work, she was determined to find a path to self-employment that led her to Ohrna. 

    Vishakha feels motivated because the products represent women like her. Among new things she has learnt at Ohrna besides embroidery, were sticking to deadlines and the value of time. Though nervous initially, she is confident now and enjoys the art. A stitch worked is a penny earned and Vishakha puts away her entire earnings to buy gold jewelry for her daughter’s wedding, while working on her own schedule.

    Seema felt ‘there should be more to life than just school, getting married, having children and then going away from this world– is this all what life is about?’ Her deep desire to do something for herself as well as women like her led her on a search for work to the Manndeshi Foundation, which then connected her to Ohrna. ‘After seeing the global world through Ohrna, I feel awakened’, she adds. 

    Seema expects that Ohrna will create the opportunity for her to train more women who will then be able to earn, and the art will also stay alive. ‘In life, we may have less, but it should be satisfying,’ she concludes.

    Ohrna is enriched and inspired by these women, making it much more than an enterprise.  

    Ohrna believes in responsible design. Our focus is use of sustainable materials, employment of rural women, preservation of rich craft traditions and packaging in up cycled materials. 

    We train for free and often employ women with minimum skills. We design to customers' needs and also constantly adapt our designs for ease of making, for our makers. Most of our artisans are from Mann Deshi Foundation. 

  • The journey of Ohrna from the interiors of rural India to the glittering streets of New York has of course been one paved with challenges. From convincing conservative families, reluctant to have their women acquire financial independence to ensuring the quality of the products to finally finding the right market for them, it’s been an uphill task most of the way.

    But then transformations require time and tenacity. And today, as Ohrna stands here as a testament to that journey, we feel every stumbling block was well worth the effort.

    We’ve mentioned earlier about Ohrna’s goal of helping the environment, empowering rural women and preserving India’s rich craft traditions. But another important objective has been to link people across the globe through our products. Many of our makers, our local women artisans, derive great pride from the fact that their work is being purchased by customers on the other side of the world, in the United States. NY NOW will play a huge role in realizing and furthering this dream of a global link. 

    While Ohrna launched with the philosophy of providing employment to rural Indian women by equipping them with skills that would generate a source of income, we have moved far along beyond that initial objective, through our presence at NY NOW. We have successfully created products that we believe stand for responsible design on all fronts, and we take pride in showcasing them globally at NY NOW. 

    Ohrna attempts to not just train and facilitate the growth of our artisans, but also to be the bridge that connects them as well as our rich traditions in crafts and fabrics with an appreciative market worldwide, where their efforts can find both validation and value.

    Ohrna believes in responsible design. Our focus is use of sustainable materials, employment of rural women, preservation of rich craft traditions and packaging in up cycled materials. 

    We train for free and often employ women with minimum skills. We design to customers' needs and also constantly adapt our designs for ease of making, for our makers. Most of our artisans are from Mann Deshi Foundation.

  • One of the most interesting things about Ohrna’s work is our presence in India, one of the world’s most multicultural and multilingual countries. 

    In the lead-up to NY NOW, we have added several new materials and artistic traditions from around India. 

    One of them is called khunn.It is a woven silk-like fabric common to southwestern and western India and traditionally used for sari blouses. 

    We have started experimenting with ikkat, a style of weaving dyed fabricswidespread in southern and eastern India that is rapidly becoming popular globally. 

    Brocade is common in north India and along with raw silk, is letting us experiment with richer and classier looks that the fabrics inherently carry.  

    And of course the traditional tie-dye bandhnistyle from India’s western and northwestern desert regions, with its vibrant colors, has made our product line richer and more vibrant!

    Besides our explorations with fabrics, we’ve innovated with our products  as well and also adapted some for a Western audience.

    Meditation mats, for example, are a very personal item that creates that connection for an inner journey with yourself.  However we recognized that sitting cross-legged on the floor is not as common in the US as it is in India. So we adapted our mats to become meditation cushions! 

    We consider our new ‘harmony’ pattern, which we are debuting at NY NOW as a culmination and symbol of who we are. They depict the harmony between trees, birds, animals and people. We have applied this theme and pattern to our set of 4 cushions, using 4 traditional motifs of kantha embroidery, which is a hallmark of Ohrna. We have chosen to complement rustic jute in its neutral and natural color, with 4 vibrant colors in rich raw silk, giving it a classy and exclusive look. And they are all embroidered in dull gold. 

    Be sure to look them up in the ‘Destination: New’ exhibit at NY NOW. 

    And don’t miss also, our journal with penholder selected and displayed at the ‘Sustainability: Design for a Better World’ exhibit!

    We hope you will come visit us in New York, to help us continue this conversation and join us on our journey!

    Ohrna believes in responsible design. Our focus is use of sustainable materials, employment of rural women, preservation of rich craft traditions and packaging in up cycled materials. 

    We train for free and often employ women with minimum skills. We design to customers' needs and also constantly adapt our designs for ease of making, for our makers. Most of our artisans are from Mann Deshi Foundation.


 Products

  • Coasters (Ohrna)
    With kantha-embroidered jute on one side and block printed cotton fabric on the other, these beautiful coasters come as a set of 6. They are made in India by rural home-based women. Ohrna patronizes jute because it is a plant fiber and biodegradable...

  • Our jute and cotton coasters come as a set of 6. Ohrna's kantha embroidery highlights and enhances its rustic elegance. With jute on one side and block printed cotton fabric on the other they are reversible as well. You could select from a variety of other fabrics too, both cottons and silks. 

    These coasters make great gifts because they add that rustic and natural look to your coffee table yet have an understated elegance to them. They also tell a good story against the backdrop of your conversations!

    Made in India by rural home-based women. Ohrna patronizes jute because it is a plant fiber and biodegradable, naturally decomposable and strong and durable. In keeping with our organic philosophy, we also package our coasters in beautiful, colorful packaging made from upcycled saris. 

    4" x 4 1/4" inches in size, they come in a variety of colors and prints. We suggest dry cleaning. 

  • Pouch (Ohrna)
    Simple, beautiful, kantha-embroidered, handy pouches for your miscellany. Functional outside pockets in block print for easy access items. Made in India by rural home-based women. Ohrna patronizes jute because it is a plant fiber and biodegradable....

  • Our beautiful, hand-embroidered, zippered jute pouch is lined with interesting block print fabric on the inside and a very functional divided pocket on the outside in the same print. The pocket keeps handy and organized, those items you don’t want tumbling around inside yet want quick access. 

    It is 8” wide and 6” long. 

    Made in India by rural home-based women, our base fabric is jute. Ohrna patronizes jute because it is a plant fiber and biodegradable, naturally decomposable and strong and durable. In keeping with our organic philosophy, we also package our pouches in beautiful, colorful packaging made from up-cycled saris. 

    These pouches make great gifts. A touch of ethnic, yet contemporary and very utilitarian at the same time, they suit most tastes and young and old alike love our pouches! 

    They come in a variety of colors and prints and it is possible to combine the jute with a variety of fabrics as well, both cottons and silks. We suggest dry cleaning.

  • Table Runners (Ohrna)
    Our rustic table runners are embroidered diagonally in Ohrna style kantha on jute, covering the entire runner. Hand embroidered, they enable home-based women to earn from home. Ohrna patronizes jute because it is a plant fiber and biodegradable....

  • A plant fiber, jute has the quality to bring in a piece of nature, to add a rustic touch to your home. 

    Understated yet bold diagonal embroidery covers the entire length of the runner. They come in a variety of earthy as well as cheerful jute colors. A contrasting cotton border and backing elegantly matches its color theme and highlights the embroidery.

    We offer these in a jute-silk combination as well. 

    Made in India by rural home-based women. 

    While table runners are an essential part of a meal, we believe our runners do much more - their presence at your dinner table become a symbol and even conversation about your kindness to the environment and to people. 

    Our runners make wonderful housewarming gifts that would be treasured for years.  

    Ohrna patronizes jute because it is a natural vegetable fiber, biodegradable, naturally decomposable and strong and durable. The expired fiber is recyclable more than once.

  • Tote with Inner Bag (Ohrna)
    Jute and cotton print tote with a matching inner bag for when you need some separation of items within your tote. With 3 sides of the bag in 3 complementary jute colors, this unique kantha embroidered bag creates its own unique style statement!...

  • A tote is wonderful for stuffing your miscellany, but often there’s that ‘other item’ like your shoe or bottle or frozen packs that you want to keep separate.

    So here’s our answer to your needs, a jute and cotton print tote with a matching inner companion bag in pure cotton print so you always have it handy as you throw your things together into your tote, extras too in their rightful place.The inner bag matches the tote’s inner lining.

    With the sides of the bag in 3 complementary and artistically combined jute colors, this unique bag creates its own unique style statement. We offer a variety of interesting combinations, by mixing, matching and complementing the rich jute colors with a variety of cotton prints, each resulting in a unique, cheerful bag.

    Understated kantha embroidery on jute elegantly matches the inners. And the jute strap is highlighted by the kantha embroidery on the body. 

    Our tote is 12” wide and 11” long, and bag base is 4.5” wide.

    Ohrna patronizes jute because it is a natural vegetable fiber, biodegradable, naturally decomposable and strong and durable. The expired fiber is recyclable more than once.

    And in keeping with our organic philosophy, we package our products in bags made from up-cycled saris.

  • Planter Holders (Ohrna)
    Our jute planter holders are lined with cotton or woven fabric and embroidered in kantha on the outside. The set of 4 make a beautiful gift but can also add a rustic touch to your home. Plant fiber jute is a beautiful accompaniment for your plant!...

  • Our jute planter holders add that unusual yet interesting touch to your home. Jute is a natutral material so it naturally compliments your beautiful plant to add that rustic touch to your home. No need to get special planters for your plants. Take any planter and just place it in our planter holder. And when you do that, your plant suddenly comes alive!

    Our planters come in sets of 4 as a family. They are available in 3 different types of fabrics and in a variety of colors among them, from which you can choose. We keep the inner fabric loose, so should you need to dust it out or wash it, you can just pull out the inside.  We embroider them in our typical Ohrna style kantha embroidery, the colors complementing the fabric colors. They come in either 5" or 6" round. 

    Made in India by rural home-based women, our base fabric is jute. Ohrna patronizes jute because it is a plant fiber and biodegradable, naturally decomposable and strong and durable. In keeping with our organic philosophy, we also package our pouches in beautiful, colorful packaging made from up-cycled saris. 

    Our planters make wonderful gifts, housewarming or other. A touch of ethnic, yet contemporary, they fit into most homes as well as offices.

  • Placemats (Ohrna)
    Our jute and plain cotton placemats come as a set of 6. Embroidered in kantha and cross stitch, the embroidery embellishes the mat as it frames an all-around border. Available in a variety of rich jute colors and combinations....

  • Our placemat design starts with the kantha stitch and interweaves it with a touch of cross-stitch. A plain cotton border and backing on a jute base elegantly matches its embroidery color theme and frames the design around teh mat. Available in a variety of rich jute colors and combinations, the touch of jute at your dinner table is a happy reminder to you of your belief in a sustainable world. 

    This placemat design transitioned our artisans from the simpler kantha embroidery and towards cross-stitch. When they expressed interest, we created a design to help them learn. They are made in India by rural home-based women. 

    Our placemats come as a set of 6 and are 13” wide and 18” long.

    Ohrna patronizes jute because it is a natural vegetable fiber, biodegradable, naturally decomposable and strong and durable. The expired fiber is recyclable more than once. 


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