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PHOTO GALLERY: Egyptian embroiderer sewing onto replica of Kiswet Al-Kaaba




An embroiderer sews with gold thread a verse from the Holy Koran, Islam s holy book, onto a replica of the Kiswa, the cloth used to cover the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, to be sold as a souvenir for tourists visiting the historic district of al-Hussein of Islamic Cairo in Egypt s capital on June 15, 2022. AFP

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 4, 2021 the keys of the Kaaba (box), Islam s holiest shrine at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, and a fragment of the black-clothed Kiswa (wall) which is used to cover the Kaaba, the final one provided by Egypt (in 1961) during the administration of President Gamal Abdel Nasser, are displayed at the Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC), in the Fustat district of Old Cairo. AFP

An embroiderer sews with gold thread a verse from the Holy Koran, Islam s holy book, onto a replica of the Kiswa, the cloth used to cover the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, to be sold as a souvenir for tourists visiting the historic district of al-Hussein of Islamic Cairo in Egypt s capital on June 15, 2022. AFP

Egyptian embroiderer Ahmed Othman el-Kassabgy, whose family was traditionally responsible for used to be honoured with the task of producing the Kiswa, the cloth used to cover the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, sews with gold thread a verse from the Holy Koran, Islam s holy book, onto a replica drape to be sold as a souvenir for tourists visiting the historic district of al-Hussein of Islamic Cairo in Egypt s capital on June 15, 2022. AFP

Egyptian embroiderer Ahmed Othman el-Kassabgy, whose family was traditionally responsible for used to be honoured with the task of producing the Kiswa, the cloth used to cover the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, sews with gold thread a verse from the Holy Koran, Islam s holy book, onto a replica drape to be sold as a souvenir for tourists visiting the historic district of al-Hussein of Islamic Cairo in Egypt s capital on June 15, 2022. AFP

Egyptian embroiderer Ahmed Othman el-Kassabgy, whose family was traditionally responsible for used to be honoured with the task of producing the Kiswa, the cloth used to cover the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, sews with gold thread a verse from the Holy Koran, Islam s holy book, onto a replica drape to be sold as a souvenir for tourists visiting the historic district of al-Hussein of Islamic Cairo in Egypt s capital on June 15, 2022. AFP

Egyptian embroiderer Ahmed Othman el-Kassabgy (R), whose family was traditionally responsible for used to be honoured with the task of producing the Kiswa, the cloth used to cover the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, supervises as another employee (L) sews with gold thread a verse from the Holy Koran, Islam s holy book, onto a replica drape to be sold as a souvenir for tourists visiting the historic district of al-Hussein of Islamic Cairo in Egypt s capital on June 15, 2022. AFP

Egyptian embroiderer Ahmed Othman el-Kassabgy, whose family was traditionally responsible for used to be honoured with the task of producing the Kiswa, the cloth used to cover the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, sews with gold thread a verse from the Holy Koran, Islam s holy book, onto a replica drape to be sold as a souvenir for tourists visiting the historic district of al-Hussein of Islamic Cairo in Egypt s capital on June 15, 2022. AFP