According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the Kaaba’s Kiswa (cloth cover) has been replaced.
In the center of Mecca’s al-Masjid al-Haram (the Grand Mosque), the Kiswa covers the Kaaba, the cube-shaped structure initially built by Prophet Ibrahim and his son Ismail.
The direction of the Kaaba considered the “house of God,” is the qibla or direction when Muslims pray worldwide.
Black cloth draped over the Kaaba is changed every year by the gatekeepers.
As the team began dismantling the old Kiswa and installing the new one, they were selected from the King Abdulaziz Complex for Holy Kaaba Kiswa.
A door curtain and four separate sides make up the new Kiswa.
The Kaaba’s Kiswa consumes around 850 kilograms of raw silk and 120 kilograms of gold wire.
A total of 200 Saudi artisans were engaged in producing the black curtain for the Holy Kaaba Kiswa at the King Abdulaziz Complex this year.
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