There is a book on the history of Byzantine Rite, that is to say, Eastern Orthodox vestments, entitled Garments of Salvation, which Imwould like to get. Much of it applies to the Oriental Orthodox as well, and to the Maronites, all of whom use vestments that appear to share a common pedigree with contemporary Byzantine Rite vestments. But this is also true of traditional Ambrosian and Mozarabic Rite vestments, and even, I would argue, Roman Rite vestments. Vestments are somewhat of a continuum, which is why for example even in the relatively low church UMC in which I was raised, the ministers wore albs and stoles. And the black Geneva gown with preaching tabs is a clear relative of the cassock, even if it was initially used in opposition to it; some traditional European Protestant churches in the reformed tradition use elaborate embroidered preaching tabs that are quite exquisite. For example, the Hungarian Reformed Church.
There are two liturgical traditions where I wish I had more information on the classes and types of vestments historically used: the Ethiopian and East Syriac Rites. Modern East Syriac parishes tend to use a standard pattern od diaconal stoles, usually yellow stoles with red crosses, worn in the same patterns as West Syriac subdeacons and deacons. The clergy usually seem to wear Roman style copes when officiating. But out of the church, they wear a distinctive fez encircled with bands of gauze, the kossita or shashta. There is a similiar hat historically worn by Chaldean Patriarchs of Babylon called the Shash, which lamentably the current Patriarch has iconoclastically said he no longer intends to wear. Now a book I have, published by the Anglican Foreign Missions Society either during or just before the Genocide, on the Assyrian church, indicates that at the time the Assyrian church was receiving donations of beautiful, colorful, fine silk and linen vestments from the guilds of high church Anglican ladies who loved making those things, in that era, and that prior to that their vesture had been very modest owing to their impoverished state. But I would still like to know what it was.
I have a number of other vestment related questions. For example, in the Russian church, is there any distinction or difference in meaning between the maroon and violet caps worn by priests (klobuks, I think theyre called?). Can a priest wear the same sticheron with different vestment sets? (I would assume so, whereas on the other hand wearing a blue epitrachelion with a gold phayno would not be done).
And in the Coptic church, why do priests tend not to wear copes or anything like the Phayno? Bishops do wear these, and in the Coptic Catholic church, I have seen photos of their priests with standard Coptic copes, but I havent seen Coptic Orthodox priests wearing a cope.