The charkha, or spinning wheel, was one of the most powerful symbols of Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy and politics. It was both a protest against Britain’s attempts to deliberately undermine Indian weaving and also a symbol of self-reliance. Gandhi encouraged people to spin for half an hour every day arguing that swaraj (independence, or self-rule) could only come from the commitment of every person to wear and use that which was made in one’s own country.


  • Title: Charkha (on loan)
  • Date Created: AD 1915-1948
  • Physical Dimensions: 76.2 x 122 x 45.7 cm
  • Subject Keywords: India & the World, IatW
  • Original Source: Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya, Mumbai
  • Medium: Wood
  • Province: India
  • Accession ID: M.B.S 10/2/A

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