The offering of a Kata is a well-known Tibetan custom. Kata scarves are traditionally offered to a Lama for blessings, then returned to you by placing the scarf around your bowed neck. As a greeting, the kata symbolizes the very best intentions and happiness of the giver. When given as a farewell, the Khata symbolizes the wish for a safe journey and return. On some occasions the kata is presented and not returned, such as birthdays and other special events that are personal to the receiver. Our khatas are made of silk and have the Eight Auspicious Signs woven into them. They come in 5 ' or 8' lengths. the longer one is considered an especially gracious offering.