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Saudi women participate in changing Kaaba’s ‘kiswah’ cover – a historic first

Women employees of the General Authority for the Care of the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque on Sunday became the first female participants in history to adorn the holy Kaaba with the new ‘kiswah’ cover as part of annual tradition.

A team from the King Abdulaziz Complex for Holy Kaaba Kiswah, consisting of 159 craftsmen, carried out the replacement.

The team, distributed around the sides and roof of the Kaaba according to their specializations, began by removing the old kiswah and placing the new one, then fixing it at the corners and on the roof of the Kaaba.

The kiswah consumes approximately 1,000 kilograms of raw silk, dyed black within the complex, 120 kilograms of gold threads, and 100 kilograms of silver threads.  The belt consists of 16 pieces, with seven pieces below the belt.

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