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CHARKHA - DIY kit for Students

Updated: May 1


What’s a Charkha?

The charkha, or spinning wheel, was the physical embodiment and symbol of Gandhi’s constructive program. It represents Swadeshi, 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 dignity of labor,equality, unity, as all volunteers were to spin eachday, and finally independence, as British controlof Indiawas rooted in control of indigenous industries such as textiles. For this reason, Nehru called khadi the homes pun cloth “the livery of our freedom.”

IMPORTANT PARTS OF CHARKHA Making the Pooni

Indians spin their cotton from a compressed, cigar-shaped role called a pooni. Tightness and consistency in the pooni is one of the keys to fine and even spinning.

A spindle is a straight spike usually made from wood used for spinning,twisting fibers such as wool, flax,hemp, cottonin to yarn.


Material

Charkha Base (I Shape)

Spindle Mount

Spindle Holder (Iron Rod)

Drive Wheel Handle (Iron Rod)

Cotton

Spindle Wheel (Pulley)

String

Plastic Nobe

Round cutout

Drive Wheel Mount Drive

Charkha Base Legs (3 Nos.)

Drive Wheel connector (4 Nos.)

Wheel

Mount Support (2 Nos.)



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