Jeddah, July 11, 2021, — On the behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques HRH King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, Advisor and Governor of Makkah Region handed over today the Holy Kaaba Kiswa (Cover) to Dr. Saleh bin Zain Al-Abidin Al-Shaibi, the senior caretaker of the Holy Kaaba.
Also present at the occasion was the President of the General Presidency of Two Holy Mosques Affairs, Sheikh Dr. Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz Al-Sudais.
Sheikh Dr. Al-Sudais said that the handing over of the Kiswa signifies the leadership’s keenness to harness all capabilities of King Abdulaziz Complex to manufacture the Holy Kaaba Kiswa, the leadership’s great attention and care for the Holy Kaaba.
The Kiswa, the Kabba cover is made of special natural silk and dyed black; it is the covering of the Kabba. The belt circling the Kiswa is called Hizam. More than 200 employees work on making the Holy Kaaba Kiswa. The basic design of the Hizam has remained true to its ancient origins, although gold and silver embroidered Quranic inscriptions have become more ornate over the years.
The Kiswa is made of 670 kg (1,480 lb) of silk and is reported to be 658 m2 (7,080 sq ft). In addition, the embroidery contains 15 kilograms (33 lb) of gold yarns. The Kiswa is wrapped around the Kaaba and fixed to its base with copper rings.