I have obtained a new to me Indian book charkha from my friend Deb and it has fascinated me more than I ever thought. There is so much history behind this type of spinning wheel and I have grown to appreciate cotton. As both a tool and a symbol of India's independance the charkha has really evolved into a very useful and portable spinng wheel. Used mainly to spin fibres with a short staple length this type of wheel is used by turning a drive wheel by hand and spinning off a spindle. I am still learning how to use it to its full potential and I am very slow with it but it is such an amazing piece of machinery
The spindles are small and very sharp but I read they can fit around 100 yards of yarn/spindle and their ratio is anywhere from 100:1 or 125:1...wow! You usually spin using the long draw method and with cotton punis but I drafted out a bit and added twist on this spindle. I am very proud at how fine I got it :D
The coolest feature of this wheel is the skeiner. This confused me until I saw a picture of it because I had no idea how it might work but voila!
And here it is, everything in it's place
I am presenting on this to my spinning guild on thursday. Lets hope I can get it spinning perfectly then