You may click on verses
to reveal pop-up Scripture
You are correct - there isn't much information available. I have loaned out the book that originally got me thinking about this, so I can't even send you that way.
According to Strong's the word "stole" means "equipment, i.e. (specially), a "stole" or long-fitting gown (as a mark of dignity):--long clothing (garment), (long) robe." "Kata" has numerous definitions, but the first line of the definition says "a primary particle; (prepositionally) down". Thus, to break the word down into it's component parts, it is a "down robe", which sound to me like a flowing garment (robe) that comes down.
In Acts 19:35-36 (only use in NT) the word "katastello" is translated "appeased" and "quiet", which would seem to go with the idea of modesty in behavior. And, I Timothy 2 is obviously speaking of the totality of a woman's character and not just her clothing. However, I Timothy 2:9 is the only place in the Scriptures that this word occurs, and since God used a word that has a specific etymology, and the context of the verse certainly applies to clothing, I believe it is safe to define it as a flowing garment that comes down.
Sorry that I can't give you more than that.
May the Lord bless you as you seek to honor Him.
Pastor Dr. Mark Montgomery
Ask the Pastor
Ambassador Baptist Church
1926 Babcock Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15209