This item offers 4 katags per order. This more decorative and Fancy Kata Offering Scarf is 46" long with auspicious symbols on it.
No Tibetan custom is as well known as the offering of a kata or white scarf in greeting. The kata is an auspicious symbol. It lends a positive note to the start of any enterprise or relationship and indicates the good intentions of the person offering it. Katas are offered to religious images, such as statues of the Buddha, and to lamas and government. Officials prior to requesting their help in the form of prayers or other services. The offering of the kata indicates that the request is not marred by corrupt thoughts or ulterior motives.
There are eight types of katas. Three sizes of elaborate dzod tak, which is a silk kata with auspicious designs woven into it, the Mongolian kata, which is bright blue, the ashi kata, which is plain silk, the subshi, which is loosely woven cotton, the sothar and the khachi.
There are also instances of using katas on inauspicious occasions.
Our katas are the traditional saffron katas with the auspicious symbols on each. The current stock of yellow katas are a soft pastel yellow-red color, not bright yellow as pictured.