About us


 ~ Elegance from nature, Beauty through kindness ~

The Lesser Bear is a socially conscious company that uses natural and foraged dye materials to create beautiful ribbons and textiles, while simultaneously doing its part to engage through acts of kindness and generosity.


Each ribbon is made by hand with care and creativity

Each color is created through an extensive process of testing with botanical dyes and foraged and homegrown plants. 

Much of the beauty of natural dyes is the painterly quality they imbue on the fabric. Like a snowflake, each ribbon is unique in its own beauty. Each spool contains subtle color variations and may contain marking from the plant materials used in the dying process, phenomena which it true to the natural dying process and adds to the delicate and exquisite uniqueness of the ribbon.
Through out each year, The Lesser Bear is committed to raising funds for, or donating handmade goods directly to, various charitable organizations. In the past these have included medical aid to Aleppo, funds to a refugee camp in Greece, quilts for Unaccompanied Minor Refugees, financial support for the Arts and LGBTQ Youth Center, as well as Habitat for Humanity. It is The Lesser Bear's goal to put back as much beauty, through kindness, into the world, as we take from it.
Whether you are planning a lush glamorous wedding, or an unforgettably romantic wedding, whether your style is clean and simple or opulent and dramatic, naturally dyed silk ribbons are the perfect way to add a timeless beauty to your celebration, while helping to do good.
If you would like to discuss a custom order, or have a question, please send an email to kate@thelesserbear.com



All ribbons, quilts and table linens are hand made by Kate in her studio. Kate has a degree in jewelry design and a Masters in Fine and Decorative Arts. She worked for many years in the Jewelry Department at Sotheby’s in London surrounded by some of the world’s most elegant jewelry, before turning her focus to textiles. She brings an appreciation of the finest craftsmanship and artistic creativity to all of her designs in both ribbons and naturally dyed quilts and table linens.