Another new shipment. This time from Mumbai, India.
This shipment is 5 kilo’s of Charkha Handspun Cotton Yarn.
The floor charkha is one of the oldest known forms of the spinning wheel. The charkha works similarly to the great wheel, with a drive wheel being turned by one hand, while the yarn is spun off the tip of the spindle with the other.
The word charkha, which has links with Persian (Romanized:”charkh”), wheel, is related to the Sanskrit word for “circle” (cakra). The charkha was both a tool and a symbol of the Indian independence movement .
The story behind my shipments from India. Before the lock down here and across the world, I started to form some friendship with individuals in India. I wanted to import yarns that were crafted tradition ways using indigenous fibers.
2+ years later.
When I place an order, they go to the villages and give them the funds to buy the raw materials to spin the yarns. Since all yarns are made to order, it might take two months for me to receive the yarns.