Still used in India today, Tahkli spindles and Charkhas are supreme when it comes to handspinning cotton.

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Charkha, Mahatma – Extra Spindle
Extra spindle for the Mahatma Book Charkha, exactly the same as the ones that come with the wheel.

Product of INDIA

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Charkha @ The Fibre Garden
Charkha, Mahatma Standard Book
A modern take on the traditional style of book charkha, with improved design, material and components. Also more user-friendly!

Relatively maintenance-free, easy to assemble and operate, this charkha is an excellent choice for both the beginner and advanced cotton spinner. Also sometimes used for other types of fine fibre, particularly short ones like Yak down.

Features include:
- Lightweight, only 1.5kg (3.3 lb)
- Small and portable: 26cm x 17cm x 6cm (10.25 x 6.7 x 2.4 inches)
- Simple setup, just open the case, assemble and start spinning
- No lubrication required
- Rust resistant: stainless steel and stainless-plated components

A small non-slip rubber mat is recommended to go underneath, available at most kitchen supply stores. We have an instruction sheet as well, which we will send as a pdf file upon request.

PRODUCT of INDIA

$296.50 Add to cart
Cotton Poonies – Natural White – 100g
Cotton Poonies – Natural White – 100g
Price per 100g (3.53 oz) pack. Poonies are tight little rolls made by hand from carded cotton, and they are traditionally what is used for handspinning cotton on a Tahkli spindle or Indian Charkha. PRODUCT of INDIA
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Tahkli Spindle, Nickle/Brass
Tahkli Spindle, Nickle/Brass
A style of support spindle from India, a Tahkli is mainly used for spinning cotton at very fast speeds. These well-balanced gadgets spin like the dickens and can be supported in a bowl, on a table top or any other smooth, flat surface.

Stainless steel shaft and brass whorl are relatively rust resistant. Other features and specs:
- small and lightweight: 18cm length (7 inches), 2cm-wide brass whorl (.79") and weight of around 18g (.63 oz)
- shaft features a flat, hammered end with a hook, which helps to catch the fibres during spinning. The whorl end comes to a sharp point for minimal friction and fast spin. Don't poke your eye out!
- ideal for spinning cotton, but also useful for other fine fibres

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$18.50 Add to cart