Holy Kaaba's cover "Kiswa" replaced on first day of Islamic new year

07-07-2024 10:11 AM

Ammon News - The General Authority for the Care of the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque adorned today the holy Kaaba with a new cover "Kiswa" as per the annual tradition.

A team from the King Abdulaziz Complex for Holy Kaaba Kiswa, consisting of 159 craftsmen, carried out the replacement. The team, distributed around the sides and roof of the holy Kaaba according to their specializations, began by dismantling the old Kiswa and installing the new one, then fixing it at the corners and on the roof of the holy Kaaba.

The installed Kiswa, weighing 1,350 kilograms and standing 14 meters high, consists of four separate sides and a door curtain. Each side of the holy Kaaba was individually raised to the top of the Kaaba in preparation for unfolding it over the old covering.

The side was fixed at the top by tying it, and the other end was lowered after the old Kiswa's ropes were untied.

The new side was moved up and down in a continuous motion, followed by lowering the old Kiswa from the bottom, leaving the new side in place. This process was repeated four times for each side until the Kiswa was completed. Finally, the belt was aligned in a straight line along the four sides and sewn into place.

After securing all the sides, the corners were sewn from the top of the Kiswa to the bottom. Once this was completed, the curtain was put in place, which required time and precision. A cut was made in the black fabric to match the size of the curtain, approximately 3.33 meters wide and 6.35 meters long.

Then, three openings were made in the black fabric to attach the curtain from underneath. Finally, the edges were sewn into the black fabric on the Kiswa.

The Kiswa consumes approximately 1,000 kilograms of raw silk, dyed black within the complex, 120 kilograms of gold threads, and 100 kilograms of silver threads. As for the Kiswa's belt, it consists of 16 pieces, along with seven pieces below the belt.

The King Abdulaziz Complex for Holy Kaaba Kiswa employs around 200 craftsmen and administrators, all of whom are trained, qualified, and specialized citizens.

The complex includes several departments: dyeing and automated weaving, hand weaving, printing, belt-making, gilding, sewing, and assembly of the Kiswa.

It houses the world's largest sewing machine in terms of length, measuring 16 meters, and operating with computerized systems.

Additionally, there are supporting departments such as the laboratory, administrative services, quality control, public relations, health services for workers, and occupational safety.

Saudi Press Agency (SPA)

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