Continuing their delve into the ‘Punk Universe’, and following their earlier Cyberpunk coin, the Mint of Gdańsk have now turned their attention to a more unusual, but no less interesting genre – Silkpunk. While Cyberpunk draws from the works of many authors, indeed, from several mediums, Silkpunk is largely the invention of American author, Ken Liu, and his much respected fantasy series, The Dandelion Dynasty.
Liu has described Silkpunk as an overall ‘technology aesthetic’, where engineers evolve technology and solve new problems by creatively combining existing components in fresh ways. The use of materials traditionally important in East Asia and Oceania, such as bamboo, coral, silk, & paper, define the aesthetic, and the use of biomimetics – tech having a direct analogy in the natural world, drawing upon natural processes for inspiration – defines the engineering. It’s distinctly different from Cyberpunk, or Steampunk.