What is Steampunk?

According to Wikipedia, Steampunk is defined as 'a subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery.'

An easier, albeit simpler, way to define it would be to imagine our modern day world, with its phones, robots and planes, powered by Steam. 

Steampunk, as its own genre, originated in the 80s, but could be traced as far back to the works of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. Though Verne and Wells laid the foundation of the science fiction genre, their work would be considered Steampunk if they were writing today.

Pedantic concerns aside, what Steampunk truly is, is a beautiful world that continues to capture the imagination of millions around the world. For some, the draw is in the stories, the fantasy, the monsters, whether written or on the screen. For others, the primary draw is the fashion. And for some, it is a lifestyle.


We at STEAMATA don't like to choose any particular side and have adopted a very broad definition of steampunk. Yes, you will see the usual assortment of Goggles, Round Glasses, Corsets and Mechanical Arms for the steampunk soldier. But we believe Steampunk is so much more than that. That is why we feature a wide variety of products that we believe carry the essence of Steampunk.

We see traces of Steampunk everywhere; and even in places most die hard Steampunk fans would not care for. For example, one of our biggest inspirations for Steampunk is Hayao Miyazaki's films.

For me, personally, my introduction to Steampunk was through Castle in the Sky. A movie that inspired me so much that I actually wrote an alternative version of it. You will see it here in our blog.

The idea is to broaden the horizons of Steampunk like never before. And make this our happy little steampunk town where all sorts of different styles of steampunk reside (gothic steampunk, western steampunk, anime steampunk and so on). Please like us and subscribe to get the latest updates.

Steam On.


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