Saudi Arabia announced that the Kaaba cloth (Kiswa) was replaced, on Sunday night, in accordance with the annual tradition ahead of Eid Al-Adha festival.
The process was carried out by a special team from the General Administration of King Abdulaziz Complex for the Kiswa of the Holy Kaaba, starting from removing the old Kiswa and placing the new Kiswa by fixing it to the corners then on the roof of the Kaaba. The works were conducted in collaboration with General Presidency for the Grand Mosque that ensured all the precautionary, security and preventive measures.
The exterior of the Kiswa is adorned with inscriptions woven with black fabric threads (jacquard style) with the words “O Allah O Allah” (يا الله يا الله), “There is no God but Allah, Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah” (لا إله إلا الله محمد رسول الله), “Glory and Praise be to Allah” (سبحان الله وبحمده), “Glory be to Allah the Great” (سبحان الله العظيم).
The Kiswa is made of 670 kg of high-quality silk, 120 kg of gold threads, and 100 kg of silver threads. As many as 200 Saudi craftsmen were employed to produce the black curtain at King Abdulaziz Complex for Holy Kaaba Kiswa. They are divided into several sections, including the laundry and textile section, manual textile section, printing section, belt section, gilding section, and the sewing and assembly section of the Kiswa, which includes the largest sewing machine in the world in terms of length (16 meters) and operates with computer system .