Saturday, A New Kiswa Was Put On The Kaaba As The Muslim World Watched

Saturday, A New Kiswa Was Put On The Kaaba As The Muslim World Watched

Saturday, A New Kiswa Was Put On The Kaaba As The Muslim World Watched

MAKKAH: When the new Kiswa is put on the Kaaba this Saturday,
it will be one of the most watched events in the Islamic world.

The General Presidency for the Two Holy Mosques will hold the
annual event on the night of the first day of the new Islamic year,
Muharram 1, 1444, which is Saturday, July 30. This is a break from tradition.

This is a change from the practice of replacing it on the day before Arafat,
which has been going on for decades,
said Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, the head of the body.
The Kiswa, which is the covering of the Kaaba,
is changed every year as part of a long-standing tradition.

For a long time, the Kiswa was changed on the morning of the ninth day of Dhul Hijjah,
when pilgrims left for the plains of Arafat. Usually, the Haram was empty at this
time so that the changeover could go smoothly.
The new Kiswa will be there until next year’s Hajj.

King Abdulaziz

The job will be done by a team of 200 Saudi technicians who work at
the King Abdulaziz Complex for Making the Kaaba’s Kiswa.

The factory uses 47 pieces of cloth and thread to weave, stitch,
and print by hand and with machines. The process is done by a
A 16-meter-long computerized sewing machine that is the world’s largest of its kind.

Five different pieces of cloth are sewn together,
and copper rings hold them to the base.
At the complex,
about 670 kg of raw silk is dyed black.
The Kiswa is decorated
with 120 kilograms of 21-karat gold thread and
100 kilograms of silver thread embroidered verses from the Quran.

A new 850-kilogram Kiswa is thought to cost SR25 million,
or more than $6.5 million, to make.
This makes it the most expensive covering in the world.

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