Here Are Details About Gold and Silver Used to Make The Cover of Kaaba:
In 1927, the tradition of using the Kiswa (Ghilaf-e-Kaaba), a black silk cloth adorned with intricately embroidered calligraphies, to cover the Kaaba in Mecca was discontinued in Egypt. However, in recent years, thanks to the efforts of 160 skilled craftsmen, this practice has been revived.
The Kiswa weighs approximately 670 kg and is compose of 120 kg of gold and 100 kg of silver thread, which meticulously sewn onto the fabric to depict Quranic verses. Prior to 1927, Egyptians used to manufacture the Kiswa and showcase it before the hajj season. Nevertheless, the late Saudi King Abdel Aziz Al Saud took the decision to establish a factory for producing the Kiswa, thereby ending this tradition.
The current Kiswa weighs 670 kg and made from black silk, requiring an estimated 220 kg of gold and silver thread for the embroidery of Quranic verses. The process of creating the Kiswa takes around 8 months and involves 137 workers. The use of more advanced machinery has expedited the embroidery process.
The cost of the Kiswa is approximately 22 million SAR (equivalent to around $6 million USD, depending on estimates). Each year, the Kaaba cover is change on the Day of Arafah, which occurs on the ninth day of the Hajj month of Dhu al-Hijjah.