National Geographic : 1930 Feb
SUMATRA, A RIBBON OF COLOR ON THE EQUATOR BATAK HOUSEWIVES ARE PROUD AND INDEPENDENT The women share in the profits as well as the labor of the farms. They make their clothing mostly of indigo-dyed homespun and for jewelry wear huge coiled-silver earrings attached for support to their pillowlike headdresses. © National Geographic Society Autochromes by W. Robert Moore RICE IS THE STAPLE FOOD OF THE BATAKS With long wooden pestles the women pound out the white kernels in primitive mortars and gather them in shallow baskets. The Dutch controllers must exercise constant vigil in seasons of poor crops and high prices to prevent the natives from causing famine by smuggling this cereal out of the country.