The Crossroads of the Aether
You know I like your satchel idea, I was going to use a basket, almost like a picnic basket but a satchel would be much easier. I would be wearing a skirt, but with skirt lifts for when I am walking over rough terrain. But I was looking at the western riding skirts the other day and contemplating their usefulness. I should show you my character document with all of my materials and gear and such (for rp of course) I think with our heads together I will have a very awesome outfit.
Has anyone done any Indian/Hindu Steampunk? I would think that the Sitar (one of the world coorlest instruments) would lend itself instantly to steampunking. Thoughts, anyone? A Brahmin or Indian wiseman would be an amazing character. And I would love to see this dome. Likewise a steampunk snake-charmer, or sword-dancer. Someone, pretty please?
Likewise, I would love to see true japanese traditional dress done in a slightly steampunked fashion. And I just do not mean a victorian bustle attached to a half-kimono. This is darling. But not precisely what I'm getting at. This time period is actually when Japan re-opened her doors to the Western world and madly started incorporating articles of Victorian dress into the Japanese Aesthetic. I have made a study of traditional Japanese costume (both from a historical standpoint, as a costumer) and would love to incorporate elements of steampunk without destroying/perverting the Japanese silhouette. Anyone interested in this idea?
I have done so with the Indian theme. The Saree is a beautiful garment and brings in something that oft times in sorely lacking in a lot of Steampunk gatherings: Colors other than brown. Joking about colors aside, there are a million different ways to tie a Saree, depending on the area, the culture, the age of the woman, the length of the Saree silk, etc. However, it can be turned into something Steampunk rather well. Though I was a Spice Smuggler and not anything so holy as a Brahmin.
As for turning Japanese steam, I've a traditional Shensengumi uniform that I've been dying to alter somehow. So if anyone gives you any ideas, please do send them my way.
Absolutely! I'm actually in love with traditional Japanese armor -- the way its constructed and its shapes, it lends itself to so many different looks (most notably, the storm troopers and Darth Vader of Star Wars fame) that I think it could become a seriously amazing steampunk personae.
I would love to see someone really do this well!
I would have thought the harmonium would be the best example of an Indian steampunk instrument since it was introduced there in the 19th century and is loaded with brass reeds.
Oh! That sounds fantastic!!! I'd actually completely forgotten about Harmoniums, if my courses ever mentioned them. Those sound perfect. I would love to see them...
Today, most of the harmoniums are actually made in India and Pakistan. There is also something called a Shruti Box that have both male and female versions, but I know nothing about them.
One of my friends is doing Persian Steam Punk. It works really well for her. (She is also a belly dance instructor)
It's come up twice in this thread so far, but I'd like to portray a steampunk librarian. It will give me an excellent excuse to do research into the Dewey Decimal System. Plus one of my friends in library sciences was kind enough to point out that even the other librarians think the catalogers are out of their minds. Since she was focusing on cataloging herself, she found this perception to be highly amusing. In general I thought it would touch on many subjects that captivate me such as book and document restoration.
I'm hoping my research will lead me towards making some sort of cataloging device. But we'll see.