The Maine flag displays the coat of arms of the State of Maine on a dark blue field of the same shade of blue in the flag of the United States. The coat of arms is a shield with a pine tree and a moose lying down at the foot of it, on the left a husbandman resting on a scythe, and on right a seaman resting on an anchor. In the foreground are representations of sea and land, which emphasize the reliance on agriculture and the sea. Under the shield, on a blue banner, is the word "Maine" in large Roman capitals. Above the shield is a red banner with the word "Dirigo" (I Lead) in white lettering. Above the banner is the North Star, representing the state motto.
Maine flags for outdoor use are constructed of a durable nylon fabric especially developed for flag use. Nylon's tight weave provides maximum beauty and flyability as well as brilliant, fast colors. Its weave helps shed pollution, dirt and grime that the looser weave alternatives absorb. Nylon is water repellent and mildew resistant.