The Mississippi state flag uses the same red, white and blue colors of the United States flag. A square canton in the top left portion of the flag bears a saltire, a heraldic symbol in the form of a diagonal cross. The saltire is bordered with white and emblazoned with thirteen five-pointed stats, corresponding with the number of the original States of the Union. The field of the flag is divided into three bars of equal width, the upper one blue, the center one white, and the lower one, extending the whole length of the flag, red.
Mississippi 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.