Since the 1960s, Waskaduwa came to be popular for the many saw mills it had with which emerged as a virtual cottage industry for brooms that were distributed around the country. Though a small town located between Panadura and Kalutara, Waskaduwa’s ‘lee mudalalis’ travelled across the land with their products.
The business which has now come down three generations was begun by two men Indradasa De Silva better known as Somachandra Mudalali and Myleris Silva while a third, Saldin Mudalali followed the trend by starting another saw mill. They made broom handles and treated rubber timber for pallets for containers. They also made brooms and ekel brooms which they distributed across the country.
The manufacturers bought the timber from the rubber plantation and used this timber for their work. Up to today the reputation of the mills for using only rubber timber still holds.