Kata Blessing Scarf
Give a colorful blessing to friends or family with purity of heart. Purchase of our white Kata Blessing Scarf brings peace and solemnity into your life, but, more importantly, it benefits refugee Buddhist nuns living in Tibet. The Tibetan Nuns Project provides education and support for nearly 600 nuns in northern India, including improvements in standards of food, sanitation, and medical care. Each scarf is is blessed by the nuns of the Dolma Ling Nunnery.
In Tibetan culture, the Kata Blessing Scarf serves a variety of ceremonial purposes. Given to family and loved ones when they arrive for a visit or from long travels, they are also given when the loved one departs, asking for a blessing of safe journey. It may hold similar significance for you -- or perhaps find its way as a decorative accent for sacred pictures and objects around the home.
- Blue: 59" x 13" (1.5 m x 33 cm)
- White: 51.5" x 10.5" (130.8 x 26.7 cm)
- Unfinished edges
- Handmade in and fairly traded from Nepal
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January 6, 2014 - This scarf is gorgeous, silky and classic. Very versatile. Will order the white one next... but the blue is absolutely stunning. A great gift for anyone. :)
December 13, 2013 - Although the photo shows the kata scarf being worn, it is not really made to be a fashion item. The description explains how it is normally used for ceremonial purposes. It is in fact quite beautiful.
November 17, 2013 - The color is great but the weave is a bit shoddy. I don't mind the look of it, but it leaves threads all over everything. The sale of these scarves is for a good cause so I would recommend it only for that reason, but I would suggest other uses for them. (like doilies)
November 5, 2013 - very thin but pretty
October 16, 2013 - When they say unfinished edges, they really mean it. This is just a piece of cut fabric from a large roll.
Artisan: Dolma Ling Nunnery
Dharmasala, India is home to the Tibetan government in exile, as well as the Dolma Ling Nunnery -- a refuge for Tibetan Buddhist nuns living in exile. Run by the sister-in-law of the Dali Lama as part of the Tibetan Nuns Project, it provides humanitarian support and education for hundreds of nuns living in exile from their homeland. There, the nuns produce beaded necklaces and prayer flags in a time-honored manner, blessing the items before sending them out into the world.
Founded in 1987 to provide humanitarian aid and an education to refugee Buddhist nuns, the project began as a response to 66 nuns who found themselves ill and exhausted with nowhere to go after a two year pilgrimage over the Himalayas from eastern Tibet. Emergency assistance was provided to meet their basic needs, but more was needed, and the Tibetan Nuns Project began actively seeking a more long-term solution for the problems of secure housing, medical care, and education. A sponsorship program was created which reached out to individuals and organizations around the world, supplementing the income-generating projects that the nuns themselves have instituted.
Now joined by five other nunneries as part of the Tibetan Nuns Project, the refugee nuns at Dolma Ling are able to work on mission with a sense of security and hope. This includes improving standards of living, a self-sufficient future through education and training, training for leadership and service roles within the community, improving the level and status of ordained Buddhist women in their culture, assisting recently arrived refugee nuns from Tibet, and the continued establishment of further facilities for nuns in need.
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