MAKKAH: The consul general of France, Mostafa Mihraje, visited the King Abdul Aziz Complex for Holy Kaaba Kiswa in Makkah on Wednesday, and was received by the director of the complex, Hisham Alaa Al-Din.
During the visit, Mihraje was briefed on stages of manufacturing the Holy Kaaba Kiswa and the capabilities of the modern equipment in the complex.
The making of the Kaaba Kiswa receives great care and attention from the wise leadership, with the follow-up from the president of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, Sheikh Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, to provide the best services to the Two Holy Mosques and their visitors.
The Kiswa consists of five pieces of cloth — four of them cover the sides of the Kaaba and the fifth is the burqa, the door curtain. All the pieces are sewn together.
The Kiswa is embellished with inscriptions woven in black fabric threads, bearing specific verses from the Holy Qur’an.
It is made of more than 670 kilograms of raw silk, dyed black inside the complex, 120 kilograms of gold threads and 100 kilograms of silver threads.
The cost of the Kiswa is approximately SR22 million ($5.9 million).
About 200 craftsmen and administrators, all trained and qualified Saudi nationals, are engaged in producing the majestic black cover. The complex includes a vast 16-meter long weaving machine.
At the end of the visit, the consul general expressed his admiration for the care he had seen bestowed on the King Abdul Aziz Complex for Holy Kaaba Kiswa and the great developments in the service of the Two Holy Mosques, enabling pilgrims and visitors to perform their rituals in comfort