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also char·ka  (chûr′kə, chär′-)
A spinning wheel used in India for spinning cotton.

[Hindi carkhā, from Persian charkha, diminutive of charkh, wheel, from Old Persian *carka-; see kwel- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈtʃɑːkə) or


1. (Tools) (in India) a spinning wheel, esp for cotton
2. (Textiles) (in India) a spinning wheel, esp for cotton
[from Hindi]


or char•ka

(ˈtʃɑr kə)

n., pl. -khas or -kas.
(in S and SE Asia) a cotton gin or spinning wheel.
[1875–80; < Urdu < Persian]
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Now, power driven spin- dle charkhas are being used to make the works a bit easier for the workers.
Swings, Phulkaris, Charkhas etc were displayed to create public awareness among the students.
All 500 women have been provided all the tools and equipment including sewing machines, khaddis and charkhas, as well as toolkits to enable them to produce quality products.
The last requisition that they got very recently was for 100 charkhas.
The production of charkha has virtually stopped for the last three to four years.
It was in 1993 that Gujarat Khadigram Udyog started producing the charkha but for the last three years they are not getting any orders.
In Jodhpur Pakhar Village in Talwandi Sabo, Gurlal Singh's family has been involved in making Charkhas for generations.
The villagers complain that urbanization has reduced the demand for Charkhas.
There are several non-resident Indians and local natives who buy Charkhas as decorative pieces.
The organic muslin and khadi that they spin on charkhas in Tihar are of fine material and the clothes made out of them can be worn by anyone," Dhaka said.
Mohan Rao, State Director, KVIC, Andhra Pradesh said the effort is to replace the old charkha with new e-charkhas so that the villages could become self-sufficient in generation of electricity.
Mahatma Gandhi promoted Charkha (the spinning wheel) during freedom struggle as a symbol of self-reliance and source of income for the rural population.