New 'kiswa' to be handed over today
SHEIKH Saleh Al-Husayyin, the president of the Affairs of the Grand Mosque
and the Prophet s Mosque, is expected to hand over the new Kiswa of the Ka
aba Sunday to the chief of the Ka aba sadins (servants) Sheikh Abdul Aziz
Al-Sheibi as is customary every year.
The function will be attended by a number of Saudi officials and diplomats
from Arab and Muslim countries, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The Kiswa is a unique work of art made of black silk and embellished with
the Qur anic verses. The SR20 million Kiswa is 14 meters high. It has a belt
with a length of 47 meters and a width of 95 cm. It is made up of five
pieces four covering each side of the cube-like edifice and the burqaa, (a
curtain covering the door of the Ka aba) sewn together once the Kiswa is in
All gold and silver embroideries on the Kiswa are hand-made. The curtain
lining the inside of the Ka aba is hand-woven.
The making of the Kiswa consists of several phases beginning with dyeing the
green silk; then verses and designs are drawn and printed on the green silk
for embroidery. Among the most delicate and longest processes is the
embroidery. The green silk is then spread and draped over the inner walls of
the Ka aba as well as on its ceiling. This part of the inner lining is
changed every three to nine years. A total of 450 kg of pure silk is used to
make the Kiswa.
The Kiswa is manufactured at a Makkah-based factory where more than 200
qualified and trained Saudis are working.
On Saturday, Prince Abdul Majeed Bin Abdul Aziz, Emir of Makkah and Chairman
of the Central Haj Committee toured the holy sites to inspect government
facilities and preparations ahead of this year s Haj season, the Saudi Press
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