A new generation of an old tradition

Zighrana family has deep roots in perfumery,  being the producer of traditional Indian attar and essential oils since 1911. Along with modern techniques, we still use the age-old method of extracting fragrances. Our perfumes are made up of some of the most exquisite, precious, and rare ingredients. Based in the perfume capital of India- Kannauj, our family is one of the pioneers who transformed this art into a profession. Using this age-old wisdom and expertise passed down to us from our forefathers and giving it a modern twist, we have come up with a range of perfumes that has all the beautiful shades, warmth, and richness of our city Kannauj.


 Experience the heritage that is a century old India has its roots in perfume making since Bronze Age. An archaeological expedition to the sites of Indus Valley in 1975 excavated a terracotta distillation equipment that dated back to 3000 BCE.There was evidence of perfumery as some perfume containers were also excavated alongside. The people of Indus Valley civilzation had developed the art of obtaining aromatic waters or synthesizing several plant extracts for various reasons which were later  adopted  by Vaids  and Hakims for medicine.

Charak Samhita and Sushruta Samhita, two of the oldest and the most authentic treatise on Ayurveda,  have mentioned the use of perfumes in the ancient medical science of India.

In ancient times,the art of making  ‘attars’ and ‘floral waters’ had become well-established, particularly during the Gupta period.Harashcharatia  by  Banabhatta,  who was  one of the greatest  masters of  Sanskrit  prose and  poems in India during the 7th century,has given a vivid description   of the use of incense in the marriage ceremony of Rajyashree who was married to King Grahvarman of Kannauj.He was the court laureate of   King  Harsha, who reigned c. 606–647 CE  in north India, first from Sthanvishvara (Thanesar), and later Kannauj.

Back in the16th century, court historian Abu’l-Fazl ibn Mubarak chronicled Mughal emperor Akbar’s regular usage of attar & incense sticks in the Ain-e-Akbari According to historians, the popular Mughal emperor Akbar had a whole department of perfumery. The rich legacy of ancient Indian aromas has continued into modern times of today.Many centuries back, the city of Kannauj in Uttar Pradesh embodied it. Kannauj is called the perfume capital of India .It is for India as is Grasse for France.


Deg-bhapka(hydro-distillation) process Before the first ray of sun strokes the morning dew, the flowers are handpicked and sent to distilleries. These flowers are tipped to large copper cauldrons filled with water, locally known as 'Deg'. Then these cauldrons are heated over the fire. A vigilant watch is kept on the cauldron to ensure just the right amount of warmth, a skill that comes with decades of experience. The oil after condensing flows down through the bamboo pipe to the receiver, also known as ‘bhapka’. The bhapka with sandalwood oil is kept floating inside a square pool of cold water. The oil after condensing flows down through the bamboo pipe to the receiver. The mixture of oil and water received in the condenser-cum-receiver is separated and the same water is poured into the stills again and fresh flower petals are mixed and the process is repeated, till the desired quality is achieved. Attar is stored a leather bottle known as ‘kuppi’ to evaporate the water content present in traces. This purified Attar is then filled in the glass bottle specially designed for presenting this ‘nectar’ to our valued customers.

Zighrana is derived from a Sanskrit word “jighrati" which means "to smell”. Its logo is inspired from the 11th century-Chola dynasty Shiva temple -Brihadeshwara. The design of ‘Z’ in the logo is a reflection of symbols and letters of the ancient inscription in the temple. In short, the logo reflects a perfect amalgamation of our ancient culture and our modern approach.