The inscription is a famous discussion on the vulgarity and the elegance in painting by Qing Dynasty painter Zou Yigui (or Zou Xiaoshan).
The inscription is a discussion on the vulgarity and the elegance in painting from the book "Art of Paiting of Xiaoshan" writen by Qing dynasty painter Zou Yigui (or Zou Xiaoshan). Chang Ku-nien inscribed it here, which may suggest that he hoped to be a wise artist who understands the subtlety of using color and ink.
This black silk crepe kimono is decorated with chrysanthemum motifs, and has an inner red lining.
The technique used to create the design on this kimono is yuzen, developed in 17th century Japan. Yuzen require much skill and hard work, by first protecting the design area with a rice-paste resist and dying the rest of the cloth. Afterwards, the resist is removed and the design and details are hand-painted.
A head of a man with an object in his mouth, possibly fruit? There is only the head present, no longer attached to a neck. The man has very dramatic slanted eyes and short hair. His mouth is open slightly to make room for the fruit that appears to have a box-like design on it.