Mahatma Centennial Charkha

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Now available, the Mahatma charkha in the centennial year of Gandhi's call for its invention.

This charkha is true to the original design, but does not need tuning. It comes with the new style yarn stop on polished spindles, and has permanent bearings that need little if any oil. 

The O-ring drive band for the accelerator gives a ratio of approximately 48:1. I include a thinner band that gives a ratio of closer to 64:1, so with this charkha you have 2 ratios to choose from. The slower ratio is good for wool spun on the fold.

It is the same height and width of the original charkha, but is 2 and 3/8" thick, which is 3/8" thicker than the original. Yes, it fits in your Guatemalan charkha tote.

Free shipping within the US.

Dimensions 10.25" x 7" x 2.25", weighs 2 pounds, 4 ounces.


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  • 5
    Works like a charm! Just love this little workhorse

    Posted by Patricia Hurst on Jan 31st 2023

    Would highly recommend this charka

  • 5
    Mahatma Charkha

    Posted by Mary on Mar 30th 2022

    This is beautifully made and works well. It came in just a few days. The only suggestion is to include a simple instruction sheet with a drawing of where everything goes and any oiling instructions. I've only seen information on traditional charkhas for oiling.

  • 5
    Mahatma Centennial Charkha

    Posted by Janet Adcock on Feb 19th 2022

    This little Charkha spins like a dream. I have an Indian Charkha and it spins well but the Mahatma has improved the spindle placement and it is a much smoother spin. I was so glad to hear New World Textiles had this updated Charkha. I am very pleased with my purchase and I love doing business with New World Textiles.

  • 5
    Centennial Charka

    Posted by Carol McFadden on Feb 15th 2022

    I've had the original traditional charka for years, used it to spin occasionally but found it a bit fussy and it didn't 'speak' to me. Purchased the Centennial when it first came out but didn't spend a lot of time with it due to travel. I've been spinning with it almost daily for 2 weeks, and it is a magical little tool! A much more solid wheel, permanent spindle bearings are my favorite upgrade. Required no fine tuning, the spindle are sturdy, spindle holders, skeiner, drive wheels....just every part of this wheel is exceptionally made. And charkas are so portable! Fits in my checked luggage, tucks into a corner of the car, the carry bag goes to spin ins easily. Love this charka!

  • 5
    Nice tool!

    Posted by Janice H on Jan 28th 2022

    I've had a larger traditional charkha for a while, but I always struggled with it a bit. I'd had my eye on one of these for a while, and finally pulled the trigger on buying one. That turned out to be a great idea, because I find this one MUCH easier to use than the larger, faster charkha! The build quality is better, and it goes at a speed that's a little easier for me to handle. So glad I finally got one! Shipping and communication from New World Textiles was stellar, as always. Happy customer!

  • 5
    It is beautifully made.

    Posted by Mary Melander on Mar 31st 2021

    It would be very helpful to have an instruction sheet explaining the parts and how to set it up.

  • 4
    Centennial Charkha

    Posted by Angela Jordan on Mar 20th 2021

    I absolutely love this little wheel. After learning on a Bosworth Attache that was a 50th Birthday I wanted something that I could take the Big Lake and not worry if sand got into parts and pieces it shouldn't. This little fella is it. It takes to flipping the spindle around for those of us that draft with our right hands really easily and is so so quiet. The only issues with it was one of the inserts that holds the spindle in place popped out. However, a little wood glue and it's there to stay. The skein winder's a little wobbly and loose, but nothing a piece or two of scotch tape on the tines wont fix.It also does a wonderful job with merino and silk blends (I can't tell you how much of a problem I've had in 18 yrs of spinning getting the amount of twist in it and no airy parts for a worsted yarn. Still working through getting the parts and pieces back in place for closing it up.I highly recommend this little guy It's a great little wheel to spin on for a great price.

  • 5

    Posted by Genevieve on Jun 30th 2020

    I am really delighted with this purchase. the charkha is really very very beautiful, perfect finishes. I'm a fan, I like it

  • 5
    Centennial charkha

    Posted by GERALDINE BAGGETT on Sep 17th 2019

    Very well made. Not rough like the traditional. Improvements--some sort of plastic insert instead of string bearings, better spindles, smoother metal rods for skeining, and no need to oil. It is a little noisier than the traditional charkha. I think the string bearings on the traditional quieten spinning up more. I love the traditional model but am glad they made improvements with this one. Worth buying.