Steampunk is a sub-culture that arose in the 1980's and it reflects the Victorian era and early Edwardian eras; roughly 1801-1910. It's one of an extraordinary world of literature where everyday items can perform unconventional tasks, the style of steampunk is similar to traditional goth's back garb, along with steampunk's main theme which is brass.
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Like many other recent sub-cultures around the world, the steampunk community grew through the internet and they share DIY (do-it-yourself) tips and information on how to handcraft their own items. Even steampunk apparel and jewelry is quickly growing in popularity throughout the western world with their themes of their neo-Victorian and gothic styles. It emphasizes the handcrafter's nature of producing everything by oneself, even modifying household items into fantastic new inventions and designs.
"I never really imagined [steampunk] would become mainstream," says musician Voltaire.
Original article came from here. "What Is Steampunk? A Subculture Infiltrating Films, Music, Fashion, More" by Andrew Ross Rowe.