Holy Kaaba

Each year, on the first day of Muharram, Kiswa of Holy Ka’aba is changed in an intricate ceremony. The Kiswa is a cloth covering the Ka’aba which is handmade and is replaced in a ten step process.

This year, the annual ceremony was held on Wednesday which was supported by 130 manufacturers and technicians.

The Kiswa is made with raw silk and around 120 kilograms of gold and 100 kilograms of silver threads are used in its manufacturing. The raw material is woven together using the latest technology and the largest sewing machine in the world is also dedicated for this purpose.

56 different pieces of hand-embroidered Quranic verses made with gold wires on black silk cloth are then put together to form this beautiful Kiswa. Each of this piece is completed in 60-120 days as reported by a Saudi local newspaper.

A special team is assigned to look after the Kiswa replacing process.

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