By Spinning Yarn to Meditation – Traditional Handicrafts On The Rise

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Over the next several weeks we at YT will be coming up with a series of articles dedicated to various captivating crafts, supported with guidance. Working with our hands is a path to oneself. After all, there is no need to look very far for a good example. The well known Mahatma Gandhi and his spinning wheel while meditating can be considered one of the major examples of how we improve our feelings of well being while creating arts and crafts using our own hands. Many a celebrity today visits the Sabarmati Ashram to try her/his hand at the ancient charkha (spinning wheel).

Spinning yarn

Many of the fairy tales often offer some lesson or the other. The spinning wheel in the Sleeping Beauty symbolizes the necessity of creating stillness within ourselves.

Mahatma Gandhi´s seat and spinning wheel at Sabarmati Ashram at Ahmedabad, India

For most of the traditional cultures, handiwork is an not only a practical part of life but as it seems, these crafts also contribute towards developing a spiritual character.

Some cultures suggest that the work created with our own hands tell a story of our lives. Handiwork nonetheless was sorely neglected over the last several decades until it began picking up recently. It is beautiful and filled with symbolism.

How to spin yarn

Let´s go back to the beginning and learn today, how to spin yarn.


How to Spin Yarn On a Wheel


How to spin

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