A Charkha Spinning Wheel

February 03, 2019

A vanishing tradition of spinning yarn by hand from Punjab:

These were used to spin the yarn that were then made into khaddar fabric used in Phulkaris.

With its extensive cotton fields, thick handmade cotton was the fabric of choice even for the cold winters.

Here is a wovensouls phulkari with a motif that is probably the depiction of a Charkha wheel in motion:

Enjoy more of these Phulkaris that have real life embedded within them through their motifs on wovensouls.com.

(the elaborate inlay work added to the charkha itself is another art subject altogether!)

jm

Feb 2019

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