Charkha Spinning: charkha

Information about handspinning with a charkha

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Charkha Mailing List
A special mailing list for those interested in Charka spinning, run by listmom Teri Pittman.

Darjeeling Woman
A photo of a Darjeeling woman spinning on a charkha.

Epigrams – Charkha
I believe that the yarn we spin is capable of mending the broken warp and woof of our life. Epigrams and quotations from Mahatma Gandhi.

Literally, it means “spinning wheel”. It was the only machine Gandhi liked; everybody could use it, it was inexpensive, and it did not turn the user into its slave.

Gandhi lived his life as an example for the world to follow. The charkha was his tool

“But why spin every day? Is it not enough if we spin now and then for the cloth we need? But then, this would only be a worldly or secular activity. Spinning daily is spiritual; it indicates an inner desire to do what we can for our country. The thread we spin binds us day by day…”

Setting Up a Charkha
How to put a book style charkha together.

Handspinning Information

Drop Spindles and Spinning Wheels

Handspinning Books: Spindle Spinning

Productive Spindling
A look at top whorl, bottom whorl and Turkish spindle methods to boost your techniques for efficiency and make productivity fun
UK: Productive Spindling

Spinning in the Old Way
UK: Spinning in the Old Way

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Author: Paivi Suomi

I've had an interest in weaving, looms, yarns and textiles since I was a small child. I learned to knit, crochet, sew, do needlepoint at my mother's knee. My grandmother was a Saami from northern Norway. I am very interested in studying more about tradtional Saami and Finnish style weaving and handicrafts. Paivi Suomi