Whenever I attend any wedding or engagement ceremony, i would be looking for the corner where these traditional gifts are displayed. In south India coconut is considered as a very sacred fruit and used in all religious ceremonies. Especially in Karnataka during weddings, it is exchanged between bride and groom.As usual everything happens in style during weddings :) .. these cocount are given with carvings on them .
Usually the designs are of gods, goddesses and names of bride and groom .
In earlier days, these were done by people at home but nowadays these can be bought at specialty stores or ordered.
My Sister In Love ( law) :) Veda is very good in this carving and these are some of her recent work which she did for a wedding of my cousin brother . I could shoot pictures of only four of them.
Wedding is an occasion where there are lot of opportunity to display arty stuff. Even the mundane Haldi and kumkum is offered to guests in diferent casings. see this pic, it is made of paper and sponge and look alike of Tamboola( areca nut, banana and beetle leaf ).