I bought my first charkha in December, 2003. I had been spinning for about
10 years and always thought the charkha looked cool. What I discovered is
that the charkha was a lot cooler than I had thought, with the skein winder
built in, it is a portable spinning studio. I love having a spinning wheel I can
take just about anywhere.
What can you spin on a charkha?
Traditionally, a charkha is used to spin cotton and silk, but I have found that
pretty much any fiber can be spun on a charkha. I have spun cotton, silk,
wool, man made fibers and exotics on my book charkha, and my upright
charkha can spin just about anything a traditional wheel can spin. The major
hurdles are, it is difficult to ply yarn or spin anything very bulky on a
I set up this website to share information on charkhas, fibers, or spinning in
general. I hope to keep adding to this website as I learn more or as more
information is requested. If you have any questions, please email me at
Charkha Fiber Book