The Khata is a sign of simple civility, an offering gesture of welcome and courteous exchange. A Khata is worn in all ceremonies, large and small, public and private. It is usually white, sometimes orange or golden yellow, or sky blue as in in Mongolia. The giving of the khata follows a code that is richer in meaning than may first be apparent. In a society where etiquette has always been important- to the point where it was formerly possible to ascertain a person's precise rank from the level of the rugs on which he was posed, the ritual of the khata casts a special light. A white silk scarf, the khata represents the purity of the gesture and the respect of the person who offers it.