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52. The Takli

[In praise of the takli, hand-spindle]

If the spinning wheel is king, the takli is a queen in her own right. If the wheel can be plied by thousands, cores can use the takli that the finest yarn used to be spun in former times. That takli was made of bamboo. It takes time to manufacture a spinning wheel but you can make a takli anywhere any time. Again makes any sound, not to talk of noise.

(Recorded under November 26, 1932; ibid., pp. 287-88; translated from the Gujarati.)