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Charkha DIY Kit Educational Multi Color Wooden

What’s a Charkha?

The charkha, or spinning wheel, was the physical embodiment and symbol of Gandhi’s constructive program. It representsSwadeshi, self-sufficiency, and at the same time interdependence, because the wheel is at the center of a network of cotton growers, carders, weavers, distributors, and users.. It also embodied the dignityof labor,equality, unity, as all volunteers were to spin eachday, andfinally independence, as British controlof Indiawas rooted in control of indigenous industries such as textiles. For this reason, Nehru called khadi the homespuncloth “the livery of our freedom.”

Making the charkha

Indians spin their cotton from a compressed, cigar-shaped role called a pooni. Tightness and consistency in the pooniis oneof thekeys tofine andeven spinning. A spindle isa straightspike usuallymade fromwood usedfor spinning,twisting fibers such as wool, flax,hemp, cottoninto yarn.



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