A charkha is a spinning wheel used to make threads out of cotton. It is an important part of the material culture in Punjab, where it is a common practice to gift a charkha to a newly married bride. A charkha is often decorated using various techniques because of this ritualistic significance.


  • Title: Charkha (Spinning wheel)
  • Location: Amritsar, Amritsar, Punjab
  • Type: Vastu (Object)
  • Contributor: Rishav Jain, Mansi S Rao, Ben Cartwright and Abhishek Ruikar
  • Rights: Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre, CEPT University and South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection (SADACC) Trust
  • Medium: Glass (Mirror), Metal, Wood
  • Wood Craft Technique: Carving, Joinery, Painting, Turning
  • Region: Majha
  • Metal Craft Technique: Fittings
  • Glass Craft Technique: Staining

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