Dating customs in te victorian era
In 1839 the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce was established followed by the Planters' Association of Ceylon in 1854.
In 1867, James Taylor marked the birth of the tea industry in Ceylon by starting a tea plantation in the Loolecondera (Pronounced Lul-Ka(n)dura in Sinhala -ලූල් කඳුර ) estate in Kandy in 1867.
In 1872 Taylor began operating a fully equipped tea factory on the grounds of the Loolkandura estate and that year the first sale of Loolecondra tea (Loolkandura) was made in Kandy.
Sri Lanka is the world's fourth-largest producer of tea.The first British governor Frederick North prohibited private cinnamon plantations, thereby securing a monopoly on cinnamon plantations for the East India Company.However, an economic slump in the 1830s in England and elsewhere in Europe affected the cinnamon plantations in Ceylon.Tea processing technology rapidly developed in the 1880s, following on from the manufacture of the first "Sirocco" tea drier by Samuel Cleland Davidson in 1877 and the manufacture of the first tea rolling machine by John Walker & Co in 1880—essential technologies that made realizing commercial tea production a reality.As tea production in Ceylon progressed, new factories were constructed and innovative methods of mechanization introduced from England. of Gainsborough in Lincolnshire, the Tangyes Machine Company of Birmingham, and Davidson & Co.
Tea production is one of the main sources of foreign exchange for Sri Lanka (formerly called Ceylon), and accounts for 2% of GDP, contributing over US $1.5 billion in 2013 to the economy of Sri Lanka.