A khata (Tibetan) or khadag (Mongolian) is a traditional ceremonial scarf used in Tibet and Mongolia. It symbolizes goodwill, grace and compassion.
Traditional Tibetan khatas are usually white which symbolizes the pure heart of the giver, although yellow or gold khata are often seen. Mongolian khadags are usually blue symbolizing the sky.
Nowadays khatas of all colors are produced.
The khata is a versatile gift. It can be given to the host or hostess on any festive event, such as a birth, wedding, funeral, passing a study, achieving higher position in Tibetan Buddhism or work on arrival and departure of guests etc.
Besides being a gift, you can also just use these items as a regular scarf, a table cloth, an altar cloth, or to hang on the wall