Illustration in fiber has long been a contentious issue in the world of art practice. Translating an image into weave is still done today. For instance the Victorian Tapestry Workshop often source their designs from painters and hand weave an image. This practice seen as derivative by some still causes some to argue that since the image making is derivative it is a lesser art. It was the same at the Bauhaus as weaving was seen as “Pictures made of wool” and a craft form that was feminine in nature.
Following on from my previous post I have found this academic article by T’ai Smith about how weaving was viewed, theorized and practiced at the Bauhaus.