"helmet and mail cap and hood of Burgundian cloth"
Detail from 14th century fresco
Public DomainDetail from 14th century fresco - Credit: Ambrogio Lorenzetti

In the late Middle Ages, Burgundy was one of the largest producers of wool in Europe. The Duchy of Burgundy had control of the flourishing cloth trade in Flanders, and their courts at Bruges, Lille and Brussels were considered to be at the forefront of aristocratic fashion.