Afghan 1 B overall

Charkha from Afghanistan

Charkha from Afghanistan. A wooden base has two ends with carving on them. At the left end are two turned short uprights or maidens. The spindle passes through holes in two wooden bearings that fit through slots in the maidens and are held in place by pegs. At the right end are two turned wheel support posts, the one in the front has a turned handle. The drive wheel, which fits between these posts, is constructed of two disks. Each disk is made from four riven pieces that cross at the center. The outer edge of each disk is notched, ready to receive the zigzagged string that joins them and creates a rim. The drive band goes around this laced rim.