The Holy Kaaba’s cover, Kiswa has been changed by the authorities at Grand Mosque at Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday.
The task of changing silky black cloth embroidered with gold draped over the holy structure is carried out by the gatekeepers of the Kaaba.
The kiswa change occurs annually on the 9th of Dul Hijja, the day pilgrims leave for the plains of Mount Arafat during the Hajj to witness the most important ritual, as the Kaaba gets its old cover replaced with a new one.
The Kiswa is made from about 670 kg of raw silk, which is dyed black, 120 kg of gold threads and 100 kg of silver threads. It is covered with cotton-lined silk, while the Quran verses are sewed with the gold and silver threads.
It is 658 square meters in size and consists of 47 pieces, each 14 meters long and 95 cm wide.
Moreover, 86 craftsmen work to make the Kiswa and it costs about 22 million Saudi riyals which is approx 5.9 million dollars.
Earlier in June, Kaaba’s Kiswa, the black cloth draped around the holy shrine, was raised 3 meters in preparation for the new Hajj season and was replaced with white cloth instead.
The procedure is done every year before the Hajj season in order to protect the Kiswa, as some pilgrims touch and pull on the black cloth when they circumambulate the Kaaba.