The Netherlands and Burgundy

The Netherlands was largely under the control by the Dukes of Burgundy who, for almost a century (1384 – 1482), were the leaders of courtly style and taste.  Exceptional embroideries were produced.  Philip the Good (1396 – 1467) commissioned a series of pictorial robes and altar hangings for his Order of the Golden Fleece.  These remarkable textiles are conserved in Vienna.  Philip had large teams of embroiderers employed full-time and commissioned lavish works from the best independents.  The Low Countries had outstanding workshops during the medieval and early renaissance years.  This area was also important for the production of lace and linen damask.