Borobudur's stupas get slipcovers to protect from ash

The authorities in charge of Borobudur announce new measures to protect Borobudur’s stupas from volcanic ash.

Borobudur’s 73 stupas given slipcovers
Jakarta Post, 06 November 2012

Borobudur Heritage Conservation Agency has made slipcovers for the temple’s 73 stupas in order to protect them if nearby Mount Merapi spews volcanic ash again.

Around Rp 200 million (US$21,000) is being spent on the slipcovers, according to Borobudur Conservation Agency head Marsis Sutopo, as reported by Antara news agency.

“The slipcovers are made of parachute silk, sewn and customized according to the stupas’ shapes and sizes,” said Marsis. The main stupa at the top of the temple is also included.

When Mount Merapi erupted in 2010, Borobudur was covered in up to 3.5 centimeters of ash. The temple was closed for months during the cleanup operation.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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