The function of white fibrous tissue is to connect structures of the body together while providing support and shock absorption to the structures. Examples of these include ligaments and tendons, which connect bones and muscles. White fibrous tissue is an example of connective tissue that is composed of collagen fibers.
White fibrous tissue exists as closely woven bundles of fibers in both plants and animals. They are one of two types of fibrous tissue in vertebrate animals, the other type being yellow fibrous tissue. Yellow fibrous tissue is composed of yellow fibers. One example of such tissue is elastic fiber.