A Sacred Art by the Tibetan Lamas
Kata Offering Scarves
The offering of a Kata is a well-known Tibetan custom. When offered in greeting, the Kata symbolizes the very best intentions and happiness of the giver. It is representative of the start of a good relationship. Our Katas are made of white silk and have the Eight Auspicious Symbols woven into them.
To properly present a Kata, you first fold it in half lengthwise, representing interdependence. Then it should be offered with the open edges facing the person you are presenting the scarf
When presenting a Kata to an elder or honored monk, it is presented with a humble bow and your palms pressed together. In most cases, the Kata will be returned to you as a token of blessing. On some
It is also a Tibetan custom to place katas on altars, statues, and certain pictures or paintings as a sign of respect.
White Katas are symbolic of peace, but there are other colors and meanings. A red Kata is a symbol of power, while a blue Kata symbolizes wisdom. Green and yellow Katas symbolize confidence and happiness, respectively.
When given as a farewell, the Kata symbolizes the wish for a safe journey and return.