Shihoko Fukumoto was born in 1945 in Shimizu City of the Shizuoka Prefecture in Japan. She originally studied painting at the Kyoto Municipal University of Fine Art, earning a BFA in 1968. In the 1970s, she began dyeing with indigo, and the focus of her work shifted to textiles and dyeing techniques.
It is the nature of the materials that she uses, including linen, hemp, pineapple fibre and even loose weave mosquito netting, that allows her to express her very unique designs. In 2006, using handwoven cloth sourced from old tunics, she picked apart this fabric, dyed and re-presented it, bringing it to life again as indigo tapestries for the 21st century.
Fukumoto's work may be viewed at the American Crafts Museum in New York, The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She has been the recipient of many awards, including most recently the 25th Kyoto Fine Arts Cultural Award from the MOA Museum of Art in Atami, Japan.